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 The misadventure ends with an almost laughably implausible action sequence, followed by a prologue that lands somewhere between thoughtfully ambiguous and anticlimactic. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Kronz and Watkins posted about the misadventure on social media to warn others about how dangerous conditions are. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Oct. 2021 America’s two-decade-long misadventure in Afghanistan has ended. Robin Wrigh, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2021 Yet, remarkably, Lewis offers up this tragic misadventure as glowing evidence of her courage, decision-making, and competence. Frederick Hess, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Boyega epitomizes that change — the insider’s subversion of social tradition and social order — through this on-screen misadventure in which every character is corrupt and self-justifying as well as through his off-screen activism. Armond White, National Review, 18 Aug. 2021 But the signs point so far to a wasteful GOP misadventure and political survival for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2021 Founded by Gabe Plotkin, a former star portfolio manager for Mr. Cohen, Melvin had been one of the best-performing hedge funds in recent years until the meme-stock misadventure in January upended its portfolio. Juliet Chung, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2021 His own personal history of misadventure in gambling and other areas of personal conduct assures that this latest charge will not be easily dismissed as a domestic squabble gone public. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Aug. 2021

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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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23 Nov 2021

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“Misadventure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misadventure. Accessed 1 Dec. 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


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

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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