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

Example Sentences

His vacation turned into a series of misadventures. a string of financial misadventures eventually left him broke
Recent Examples on the Web Bell is best known for his role on the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh, centered on the misadventures of two teenage stepbrothers with contrasting personalities. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 13 Apr. 2023 Ernie, meanwhile, has retained all the receipts from his misadventure – two nights at the Aloft, one-way tickets from Dulles to Cleveland, tortilla chips on Christmas night and various other delights. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2023 The hikers offered little explanation and no apology for their misadventure, and the hiker rescued at the top quickly asked for an attorney. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2022 Dustin and Cindy Rocksvold — vacationers from California who had overlooked the requirement to obtain negative results before boarding — said in an interview that they were forced to fly back to Honolulu and get tested before returning, a $910 overnight misadventure. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Sale’s career became a series of misadventures worthy of a Three Stooges clip. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Mar. 2023 Clooney is unarguably a talented actor, but not even Daniel Day-Lewis could've saved this hapless misadventure. Joe Tobal, EW.com, 7 Oct. 2022 Read more about Cohen’s Paxlovid misadventure. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Jan. 2023 This is very much Putin’s misadventure. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Misadventure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misadventure. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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mis·​ad·​ven·​ture ˌmis-əd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce misadventure (audio)

Legal Definition


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