mischance

noun mis·chance \ ˌmis-ˈchan(t)s \

Definition of mischance

1 :bad luck
2 :a piece of bad luck :mishap

Examples of mischance in a Sentence

  1. two enemies brought together by mischance

  2. the smallest mischance could spell disaster for our plan

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Origin and Etymology of mischance

Middle English mischaunce, from Anglo-French meschance, from mes- mis- + chance chance

Synonym Discussion of mischance

misfortune, mischance, adversity, mishap mean adverse fortune or an instance of this. misfortune may apply to either the incident or conjunction of events that is the cause of an unhappy change of fortune or to the ensuing state of distress.
    • never lost hope even in the depths of misfortune
mischance applies especially to a situation involving no more than slight inconvenience or minor annoyance.
    • took the wrong road by mischance
adversity applies to a state of grave or persistent misfortune.
    • had never experienced great adversity
mishap applies to an often trivial instance of bad luck.
    • the usual mishaps of a family vacation

MISCHANCE Defined for English Language Learners

mischance

noun

Definition of mischance for English Language Learners

  • : bad luck

  • : something caused by bad luck



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