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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She advised the jury of three options death by accident, misadventure or an open verdict.’
  • 2An unfortunate incident; a mishap:

    ‘the petty misdemeanours and misadventures of childhood’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We don't believe anybody but Roberto could bring magic and fun to Pinocchio's misadventures in this classic tale.’
    • ‘Jumping back and forth in time, the play follows the couple's romance and Charlie's misadventures in the First World War.’
    • ‘Remember me fondly, and pray refrain from telling the children too many stories about my childhood 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.’
    • ‘She ran off stage and got fixed up, but her misadventures in incidental exhibitionism were far from over.’
    • ‘One went on to serve as a prosecutor, putting criminals in jail, the other went on misadventures into business and failed.’
    • ‘I've pleaded with Pete for a number of years for his permission to relate some of his misadventures and bad luck tales.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also handle everyday mishaps and misadventures, such as broken teeth, sprained backs and stomach viruses.’
    • ‘After numerous dunkings, mishaps and misadventures, he made it to the starting line.’
    • ‘Of course, there are bound to be some misadventures.’
    • ‘The play then chronicles the subsequent misadventures of Charles, who now has to juggle two wives - one on either side of the mortal coil.’
    • ‘But, as the quote above suggests, it remains highly relevant to our own misadventures in the region.’
    • ‘The tale of our misadventures is, like that of the Giant Rat of Sumatra, one for which the world is not yet ready.’
    • ‘Ironically, despite their misadventures, the franchisees look as if they will survive in one form or another without the crutch of public funding.’
    • ‘At the end of this marvellously observed biography, it's the drunken rants, financial embarrassments and the sexual misadventures I remember.’
    • ‘Tender and gallant, you've rescued these hapless insects from all sorts of scrapes and misadventures.’
    • ‘Is it possible that she really intends to defend the ridiculously tragic misadventures of our embarrassing Commander in Chief?’
    accident, problem, difficulty, misfortune, mishap, mischance
    unfortunate incident, setback, reverse, reverse of fortune, stroke of bad luck, blow
    trouble, failure, disaster, tragedy, calamity, woe, trial, tribulation, catastrophe, contretemps, reversal, upset, debacle
    car crash
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Middle English (in misadventure): from Old French mesaventure, from mesavenir turn out badly.