mis·​hap | \ˈmis-ˌhap, mis-ˈ\

Definition of mishap 

1 : an unfortunate accident The fire was a tragic mishap that could have been prevented.

2 : bad luck : misfortune The ceremony proceeded without 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

Examples of mishap in a Sentence

We experienced the usual mishaps of a family vacation. The ceremony proceeded without mishap. The fire was a tragic mishap that could have been prevented.
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Such lasing could result in an accident, though officials said there haven’t been any mishaps as a result of lasing. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Laser Beam Attacks Bedevil U.S. Military Pilots in Mideast," 17 Aug. 2018 These women, at one point, were as celebrated and beloved as Gaga was in 2009, but the tides always turned. Tabloids sensationalized every mistake and mishap made. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga's 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Performance Was a Warning Pop Culture Needed," 17 Aug. 2018 The rover will then drive 50 to 100 yards away — close enough to stay in radio contact, far enough to not be endangered by any mishaps. Kenneth Chang, BostonGlobe.com, "NASA ready to try flying helicopter on Mars," 12 May 2018 As the official Ferrari reserve driver, there is also a chance that Leclerc might get to drive for the Scuderia this season if any mishaps befell Vettel or teammate Kimi Raikkonen. CNN, "Formula One : Charles Leclerc impresses on debut in Australia," 25 Mar. 2018 Since his days on the campaign, Trump has frequently and loudly complained about the quality of his staff, eager to fault his aides for any mishaps rather than shouldering responsibility. Washington Post, "Fears of ‘brain drain’ hit West Wing amid Trump staff exits," 7 Mar. 2018 But with tensions and emotions high, any evidence of a mishap is being interpreted in the worst possible way. German Lopez, Vox, "The Florida voter fraud allegations, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 There are a few makeup mishaps that most beauty lovers have likely experienced at least once: A cat-eye smudged into oblivion, red lipstick all over your teeth, and — perhaps the most frustrating of all — self-tanner fails. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Woman Shares Foot Self-Tanner Fail," 17 Oct. 2018 Blue Origin has been further along in the development process, despite a mishap last year that led to the loss of hardware during testing. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Military’s primary launch provider poised to pick Blue Origin’s new engine for future rocket," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mishap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mishap

: a small mistake or amount of bad luck

: an unlucky accident or mistake


mis·​hap | \ˈmis-ˌhap \

Kids Definition of mishap

: an unfortunate accident

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