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unfortunate

adjective un·for·tu·nate \ ˌən-ˈfȯrch-nət , -ˈfȯr-chə- \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of unfortunate

1 a : not favored by fortune : unsuccessful, unlucky
  • an unfortunate young man
b : marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune
  • an unfortunate decision
2 a : infelicitous, unsuitable
  • an unfortunate choice of words
b : deplorable, regrettable
  • an unfortunate lack of taste

Examples of unfortunate in a Sentence

  1. She was unfortunate enough to have been chosen as an example.

  2. an unfortunate chain of events

  3. It's unfortunate that he couldn't be here for your birthday.

  4. He has an unfortunate tendency to show up late.

  5. an unfortunate choice of words

Recent Examples of unfortunate from the Web

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First Known Use of unfortunate

15th century


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unfortunate

noun

Definition of unfortunate

: an unfortunate person

Examples of unfortunate in a Sentence

  1. a group of poor unfortunates

Recent Examples of unfortunate from the Web

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First Known Use of unfortunate

1683


UNFORTUNATE Defined for English Language Learners

unfortunate

noun

Definition of unfortunate for English Language Learners

  • : an unfortunate person


UNFORTUNATE Defined for Kids

unfortunate

adjective un·for·tu·nate \ ˌən-ˈfȯr-chə-nət \

Definition of unfortunate for Students

1 : not fortunate : unlucky
  • the unfortunate victim
  • an unfortunate incident
2 : accompanied by or resulting in bad luck
  • an unfortunate decision
3 : not proper or suitable
  • an unfortunate remark

unfortunately

adverb
  • Unfortunately, no one was home.


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