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.
Recent Examples on the Web Cooking without sampling is risky enough when preparing food for your immediate family — but when cooking for 100 or 200 people, the potential for mishap is very real. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Moreover, the Korean giant apologized to shareholders for the mishap. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 Apr. 2022 This isn't the first time the actor has jokingly blamed Thompson, his Snakes on a Plane costar, for the mishap, but his story has changed a little with time. Jillian Sederholm, EW.com, 25 Mar. 2022 And with more ships comes more potential for a mishap, as the US Congressional Research Service wrote last year in a report on the South and East China Seas. Brad Lendon, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 There are exceptions, such as if the person injured is an independent contractor or a third-party non-employee is blamed for the mishap. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2021 However, there is room for mishap with such devices, as happened on Thursday when Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a crewmember and left another injured on the set of his new movie. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, 22 Oct. 2021 Look no further than his rectal palpitation mishap. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Machine Gun Kelly stopped by the The Late Late Show With James Corden Thursday (Feb. 25) to chat about his upcoming wedding to Megan Fox, his tattoo mishap with Travis Barker, and also give a sneak peak of his new music. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of mishap

: an unfortunate accident

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