misadventure

Part of speech: noun

An unlucky chance; misfortune.

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Usage examples "misadventure":

  1. However, for the sake of appearances I thought it would be wise to get this provision of ham and birds out of sight, for fear of misadventure, and also I took instant precaution to turn the key in my street door. - "A Set of Rogues", Frank Barrett.
  2. If she failed in pleasing this glorious herald of peace, no matter by what small misadventure, she apprehended calamity; so there sat this fair dove with brows at work above her serious smiling blue eyes, covertly studying every aspect of the plump- faced epicure, that she might learn to propitiate him. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  3. Warned by this misadventure, they moved slowly and carefully along the narrow track which now lay before them. - "Jack Haydon's Quest", John Finnemore.