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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State police didn’t say what was in the tank, but the state Department of Transportation said the mishap caused a hazardous materials spill. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Tanker Falls Off Tow Truck In Franklin, Sparking Haz-Mat Spill, Evacuations, State Police Say," 6 July 2018 One was a verbal mishap on stage opposite longtime friend Tom Irwin. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "My worst moment: 'Chicago P.D.'s' Amy Morton recalls the job that required her to dress as a sea nymph," 12 June 2018 The Saturday crash was the second helicopter mishap in Wisconsin this year. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Helicopter plunges into Wisconsin river, killing man," 10 June 2018 The unscripted series will utilize THR’s connections and expertise in the media and entertainment industry to fully explore the events and how the mishaps could have been prevented, as well as how the incidents have left a notable impact on society. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Reporter Teams With Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos for Live-TV Flub Doc Series," 23 May 2018 The best tiara mishap involves two high-ranking women who loathed each other but were obliged to do the standard upper-crust air kisses. Jessica Pan, The Cut, "The 10 Most Bizarre Royal Etiquette Rules," 17 May 2018 Donald Trump dispatches blame with the expertise of a veteran air-traffic controller, ever aware of exactly where, and when, to send the latest mishap to befall his administration. Alexander Nazaryan, latimes.com, "David L. Bahnsen takes on the blame game in 'Crisis of Responsibility'," 4 May 2018 Towards the end of the hearing, Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) asked Pruitt to take responsibility for the several mishaps that have marred the EPA. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Scott Pruitt is even worse at yes-or-no questions than he is at following ethics rules," 26 Apr. 2018 Love fractured the fifth metacarpal Tuesday night during a loss at Detroit, and his injury is just the latest mishap for the Cavs, who are coming off a sub-par January. USA TODAY, "Cavs' Love out 2 months with broken hand, avoids surgery," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of mishap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mishap was in the 14th century

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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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