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 Investigators are still piecing together what led to the mishap, which closed the freeway for nearly 10 hours. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Semitrailer truck that stopped on freeway may have spawned last week's 29-vehicle pileup on Interstate 94 in Monticello," 16 Nov. 2020 Most commonly, an at-home waxing mishap causes a first or second-degree burn. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Treat Burns At Home When Your At-Home Wax Goes Awry," 14 Oct. 2020 After that mishap, the car was parked for nearly 20 years. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "1984 Porsche 911 Ruf RSR Bristles with Power," 21 Jan. 2021 But a sideline medical mishap involving veteran Tyrod Taylor thrust Herbert into the lineup in Week 2, and he's responded with a campaign likely to end in offensive rookie of the year honors. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL hot seat index: Five coaches who could be in trouble once 2020 season ends," 29 Dec. 2020 In the wake of the mishap, SpaceX’s chief reiterated his upbeat assessment of the overall test. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "SpaceX’s Starship Prototype Explodes Upon Landing After Test Flight," 10 Dec. 2020 Taylor began the season as the Chargers’ starter but was replaced by Herbert in Week 2 after a medical mishap resulted in Taylor suffering a punctured lung. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Kalen Ballage keeps Chargers’ offense running in loss to Raiders," 8 Nov. 2020 The Mid-American Conference has taken notice of the mishap in Madison, where 12 members of the Wisconsin football team, including coach Paul Chryst, have tested posted for COVID-19, forcing the program to cancel Saturday's game against Nebraska. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "2020 MAC football season: Everything to know about CMU, EMU, WMU," 12 Mar. 2020 The brand also looked at the pesky makeup mishap that is oxidization (when your makeup changes color throughout the day) to make sure every shade was perfect even after hours of wear. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "We Tried The Ordinary’s Concealer Before Anyone Else — & Here Are Our Thoughts," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Mishap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mishap. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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