mis·​hap | \ ˈmis-ˌhap How to pronounce mishap (audio) , mis-ˈhap \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The mishap dealt another blow to Boeing, as its management continues to work through the ramifications of the grounding of the 737 MAX. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "NASA to Review Botched Boeing Launch," 8 Feb. 2020 The Norwegian hit a gate with his left arm and nearly skied out after a few seconds but recovered from the mishap to edge out Alexis Pinturault and Daniel Yule . . Name Goeshere, BostonGlobe.com, "Dusty Baker close to landing Astros’ manager job," 28 Jan. 2020 Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who represents the district where the mishap took place, said in a statement that her office had been in touch with six affected schools. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Planes dump fuel into the sky more than you’d expect. Here’s why they do it.," 24 Jan. 2020 Whoops, Leon Lett: The mishaps of the Cowboys defensive tackle have overshadowed a sterling career. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "The 54 greatest Super Bowl moments in NFL history," 23 Jan. 2020 To some social media researchers, the labeling mishaps bode ill for these other initiatives. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, "YouTube Promised to Label State-Sponsored Videos But Doesn’t Always Do So," 22 Nov. 2019 Instead, the inciting incidents are all common or garden-variety romantic mishaps — infidelity, unplanned pregnancies, feelings undeclared lest they're not requited. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sylvie's Love': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 28 Jan. 2020 Sekulow began by highlighting the years-long Mueller investigation and report in addition to FBI FISA court mishaps detailed by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a report late last year. NBC News, "Fact check: Trump lawyer says Ukraine didn't know about hold on aid," 25 Jan. 2020 Miami then reached the 2-yard line after Gabbert’s 63-yard pass to James Maye, before another mishap effectively ended the game. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Louisiana rolls past Miami of Ohio in LendingTree Bowl, 27-17," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mishap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mishap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mishap. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce mishap (audio) \

Kids Definition of mishap

: an unfortunate accident

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