mis·​ad·​ven·​ture | \ ˌmi-səd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce misadventure (audio) \

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Examples of misadventure in a Sentence

His vacation turned into a series of misadventures. a string of financial misadventures eventually left him broke
Recent Examples on the Web Special teams also has become a weekly misadventure. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Anthony Lynn: Don’t blame Chargers’ second-half woes on ‘relaxed’ players," 23 Nov. 2020 As Beatlemania descends upon Anchorage and the band takes cover in a hotel, Jane devises a plan to lose her virginity to George Harrison, and a comic misadventure ensues. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Ethan and Maya Hawke to star in Beatles-themed comedy Revolver, from director of Finding Nemo," 30 Oct. 2020 Trump’s Ukraine misadventure followed the conduct that the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III detailed in his report about the 2016 campaign and its aftermath. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Ending Trump’s Assault on the Rule of Law," 28 Sep. 2020 While its Range Rovers are striking and urbane, everything in the lineup seems either too precious or too luxurious for mud-slinging off-road misadventure. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 SE Refines an Off-Road Icon," 26 Oct. 2020 But beyond his misadventure in Chicago eight years ago, Pagano wasn't really in a retrospective mood. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Chuck Pagano hoping to create fonder memories in Windy City when Colts visit Bears," 2 Oct. 2020 What should have been a buoyant win to stave off elimination instead became a white-knuckle misadventure when manager Bob Melvin tabbed closer Liam Hendriks to pitch the final two innings after starter Chris Bassitt handed them a 5-0 lead. USA TODAY, "Eight things we learned from unprecedented day of MLB playoff games," 1 Oct. 2020 Harvey had a good attitude about his misadventure and was joking around at the news conference. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Fantastic news': Missing 80-year-old hiker pops up at press conference about organizing search," 10 Sep. 2020 Knebel's latest misadventure came Wednesday night in Minnesota when Counsell gave him the ninth inning with a 9-1 lead. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers place Corey Knebel on the injured list with a strained hamstring and recall Mark Mathias," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of misadventure

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for misadventure

Middle English mesaventure, from Anglo-French, from mesavenir to turn out badly, from mes- mis- + avenir to happen, from Latin advenire — more at adventure

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The first known use of misadventure was in the 14th century

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4 Dec 2020

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“Misadventure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misadventure. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misadventure

: an unlucky event or occurrence : a bad experience or accident that is usually minor


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Kids Definition of misadventure

: an unfortunate or unpleasant event


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Legal Definition of misadventure

: an accident that causes serious injury or death to a person and that does not involve negligence, wrongful purpose, or unlawful conduct

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