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Definition of mischance

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

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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

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two enemies brought together by mischance the smallest mischance could spell disaster for our plan
Recent Examples on the Web Timothy Naftali, New York University historian But mischance and error plagued the U.S. effort to divert the missile crisis. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "CIA briefings for JFK shed new light on Cuban missile crisis | Miami Herald," 18 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of mischance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mischance

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

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“Mischance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mischance. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mischance

: bad luck
: something caused by bad luck

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