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.

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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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Military investigators continue to probe the cause of the mishap. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Public urged to line procession path for Marine lost in helo crash," 14 Apr. 2018 An accident investigation has been opened into the cause of the mishap, which wass the third U.S. military aircraft crash this week. NBC News, "Elite Thunderbird pilot killed in F-16 fighter jet crash in Nevada, military says," 5 Apr. 2018 Lee pointed to two medical case studies involving condom mishaps. Lindsey Bever, courant.com, "In case you missed the 'condom-snorting challenge' - and didn't know it's a bad idea," 3 Apr. 2018 Lee pointed to two medical case studies involving condom mishaps. Lindsey Bever, Philly.com, "In case you missed the 'condom-snorting challenge' - and didn't know it's a bad idea," 3 Apr. 2018 Lee pointed to two medical case studies involving condom mishaps. Lindsey Bever, courant.com, "In case you missed the 'condom-snorting challenge' - and didn't know it's a bad idea," 3 Apr. 2018 Lee pointed to two medical case studies involving condom mishaps. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "In case you missed the ‘condom-snorting challenge’ — and didn’t know it’s a bad idea," 2 Apr. 2018 Long plagued by outdated cars, sketchy, aging tracks and accusations of mismanagement, the commuter rail has seen its dwindling reputation tarnished further in recent months by mishaps and delays, some lasting hours in freezing, unheated cars. Lynnley Browning, Newsweek, "The Perils of Metro-North," 20 Feb. 2014 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

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First Known Use of mishap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mishap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mishap

: a small mistake or amount of bad luck

: an unlucky accident or mistake

mishap

noun
mis·hap | \ˈmis-ˌhap \

Kids Definition of mishap

: an unfortunate accident

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