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

Definition of misadventure

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Synonyms & Antonyms for misadventure


adversity, ill, knock, mischance, misfortune, mishap, tragedy


fortune, luck, serendipity

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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

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Good Boys Bad decisions lead a trio of sixth-graders down a comical path of age-inappropriate misadventures. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. movie openings: ‘Good Boys,’ ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ and more," 11 Aug. 2019 The show, created by BoJack Horseman designer Lisa Hanawalt, followed an odd-couple pair of bird-woman besties (voiced by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong) on often-surreal misadventures. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Netflix cancels Designated Survivor and Tuca & Bertie," 25 July 2019 The misadventures of Ryan Acosta, an American ninja in Japan, is just one of the silly stories that populates the world of Judgement. Matthew Gault, Time, "Judgement Is the Perfect Game for Getting Into Japan's Favorite Crime Series," 24 July 2019 Prause was tweeting her misadventures in tinkering with the device when a stranger in Germany offered his expertise. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device," 11 July 2019 This season, the duo have taken on a sort of inept charm in their misadventures together, reminiscent of Legends of Tomorrow’s time-bros Ray Palmer and Nate Heywood. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 The film, Gupt explained, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have gone extinct due to their misadventures. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A Mumbai-based startup may soon create India’s answer to The Simpsons," 25 June 2019 At the Friends Free Library at Germantown Friends School, attendees traded stories of adventures and misadventures in public education. John Timpane, Philly.com, "We (Too) Are Philly: This summer's hottest literary festival continues with an installment Thursday," 10 July 2018 Boomer,’’ about the romantic misadventures of young people. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "William F. Brown, Tony-nominated playwright of ‘The Wiz,’ dies at 91," 27 June 2019

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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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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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