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unfortunate

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

Definition of unfortunate

  1. 1a :  not favored by fortune :  unsuccessful, unlucky an unfortunate young manb :  marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune an unfortunate decision

  2. 2a :  infelicitous, unsuitable an unfortunate choice of wordsb :  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

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First Known Use of unfortunate

15th century


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unfortunate

noun un·for·tu·nate

Definition of unfortunate

  1. :  an unfortunate person

Examples of unfortunate in a Sentence

  1. a group of poor unfortunates

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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

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

Definition of unfortunate for Students

  1. 1 :  not fortunate :  unlucky the unfortunate victim an unfortunate incident

  2. 2 :  accompanied by or resulting in bad luck an unfortunate decision

  3. 3 :  not proper or suitable an unfortunate remark

unfortunately

adverb Unfortunately, no one was home.


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