mishap

noun 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.

Examples of mishap in a Sentence

  1. We experienced the usual mishaps of a family vacation.

  2. The ceremony proceeded without mishap.

  3. The fire was a tragic mishap that could have been prevented.

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First Known Use of mishap

14th century

Synonym Discussion of mishap

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

MISHAP Defined for English Language Learners

mishap

noun

Definition of mishap for English Language Learners

  • : a small mistake or amount of bad luck

  • : an unlucky accident or mistake


MISHAP Defined for Kids

mishap

noun mis·hap \ ˈmis-ˌhap \

Definition of mishap for Students

:an unfortunate accident


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