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unfortunate

un·for·tu·nate

unfortunate

 
 
pronunciation:
uhn for ch niht
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: suffering from adverse luck; unlucky.
The unfortunate man had lost both his phone and his wallet with all his money.
synonyms:
hapless, luckless, poor, sorry, unlucky, wretched
antonyms:
fortunate, lucky
similar words:
cursed, ill-fated, ill-starred, jinxed, miserable, pathetic, sad, star-crossed, unblessed, woeful
definition 2: resulting in difficult or adverse circumstances.
An unfortunate series of events made his dream impossible to achieve.It was a terribly unfortunate accident, but no one was to blame.
synonyms:
adverse, ill, sorry, unhappy, unlucky
antonyms:
fortunate, happy
similar words:
contrary, disadvantageous, inauspicious, inimical, inopportune, portentous, unfavorable, unpropitious, untoward
definition 3: regrettable or disappointing.
It's certainly unfortunate that he was ill and couldn't attend the party.Her unfortunate habit of losing her glasses was a constant annoyance to her.
synonyms:
deplorable, lamentable, regrettable, rueful, sad, unhappy
antonyms:
fortunate
similar words:
distressing, disturbing, grievous, inappropriate, infelicitous, inopportune, tough, troublesome, unseemly, wrong
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person or persons suffering from bad luck or adverse circumstances.
She hoped to help the poor, the starving, and other unfortunates.
synonyms:
poor, wretch
similar words:
beggar, indigent, pauper, underclass
derivation: unfortunately (adv.)
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