Definition of misadventure in English:



  • 1English Law
    mass noun Death caused by a person accidentally while performing a legal act without negligence or intent to harm.

    ‘the coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure’
    • ‘The jury at the inquest into his death recorded a verdict of death by misadventure yesterday.’
    • ‘She advised the jury of three options death by accident, misadventure or an open verdict.’
    • ‘An inquest recorded a verdict of death by misadventure after hearing she died of acute peritonitis, caused by the perforation of her bowel during the operation.’
    • ‘Tests indicated her death was due to alcohol and drugs and a jury at the first inquest returned a verdict of death by misadventure.’
    • ‘Having a majority of eleven against him, the wise juryman consented to a merciful verdict of death by misadventure.’
  • 2An unfortunate incident; a mishap.

    ‘the petty misdemeanours and misadventures of childhood’
    • ‘Jumping back and forth in time, the play follows the couple's romance and Charlie's misadventures in the First World War.’
    • ‘One went on to serve as a prosecutor, putting criminals in jail, the other went on misadventures into business and failed.’
    • ‘Is it possible that she really intends to defend the ridiculously tragic misadventures of our embarrassing Commander in Chief?’
    • ‘But, as the quote above suggests, it remains highly relevant to our own misadventures in the region.’
    • ‘Of course, there are bound to be some misadventures.’
    • ‘I'm going to make my fortune by selling out and making a reality TV show called Downhill From Thirty about my health misadventures.’
    • ‘They also handle everyday mishaps and misadventures, such as broken teeth, sprained backs and stomach viruses.’
    • ‘At the end of this marvellously observed biography, it's the drunken rants, financial embarrassments and the sexual misadventures I remember.’
    • ‘Jack also makes several pit stops along memory lane, as he reflects on the breakup of his marriage and the predictable romantic misadventures that led to it.’
    • ‘We don't believe anybody but Roberto could bring magic and fun to Pinocchio's misadventures in this classic tale.’
    • ‘After numerous dunkings, mishaps and misadventures, he made it to the starting line.’
    • ‘The play then chronicles the subsequent misadventures of Charles, who now has to juggle two wives - one on either side of the mortal coil.’
    • ‘The tale of our misadventures is, like that of the Giant Rat of Sumatra, one for which the world is not yet ready.’
    • ‘Remember me fondly, and pray refrain from telling the children too many stories about my childhood misadventures.’
    • ‘The show had them rolling in the aisles with a story about a magic genie, a spaceship, a beheading, an impaling and various other gory misadventures.’
    • ‘Tender and gallant, you've rescued these hapless insects from all sorts of scrapes and misadventures.’
    • ‘She ran off stage and got fixed up, but her misadventures in incidental exhibitionism were far from over.’
    • ‘I've pleaded with Pete for a number of years for his permission to relate some of his misadventures and bad luck tales.’
    • ‘The tragedy acted as a catalyst for a whole series of misadventures which culminated in him running up huge debts and going on the run.’
    • ‘Ironically, despite their misadventures, the franchisees look as if they will survive in one form or another without the crutch of public funding.’
    accident, problem, difficulty, misfortune, mishap, mischance
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Middle English (in misadventure (sense 2 of the noun)): from Old French mesaventure, from mesavenir ‘turn out badly’.