Definition of mischance in English:

mischance

noun

mass noun
  • 1Bad luck.

    ‘by pure mischance the secret was revealed’
    • ‘His rise coincides with Tom's life falling apart - his wife leaves him, and by mischance he becomes prime suspect in a horrific crime - and their stories intersect.’
    • ‘Death by disease, death by mischance, death by accident or indifference - these were part and parcel of life, but never impacted on my day-to-day life.’
    • ‘By dramatic mischance, two days after agreeing he was abruptly removed from his post in unexplained circumstances.’
    • ‘His offended love, and Malvolio's humiliated suffering, are reminders of the harm done by mistake, mischance, drink, thoughtlessness and unkindness.’
    • ‘He added: ‘Another aggravating factor is that I cannot accept, indeed I am not certain I am even invited to, that it is by mere mischance that you picked upon an elderly person.’’
    • ‘By the same token, organizations resort to sorcery to explain mischance.’
    • ‘Bravery, mischance, well-trained American units, poorly trained Iraqi units, superior coalition leadership, and superior technology are all part of the calculus that made up what appeared to the world as an easy 100-hour rout.’
    • ‘This dictum makes a crucial distinction between the work that time or mischance has made a fragment, and the work composed as fragment.’
    • ‘But the youngest said, ‘I don't know why it is, but while you are so happy I feel very uneasy; I am sure some mischance will befall us.’’
    • ‘By mischance the second not was omitted and gave the impression that the inhabitants of Pakistan were delighted with their meagre rations.’
    • ‘If, by dire mischance, a mishap occurs, we can forget this entire conversation.’
    • ‘‘Rob,’ I called, attempting to tap him on the shoulder, but by mischance hitting him on the head with the paddle still clasped in my hand.’
    • ‘Even trolls will only venture through there at great need, though I have never heard of any great danger or mischance occurring there.’
    • ‘And it's about the huge swathes of sin and ignorance and mischance that shadow even our best attempts at truth and right action.’
    • ‘He is not liable for mischance, or misadventure.’
    • ‘This is not entirely mischance, for if in the sixties the focus remained in the south, determined by the shadow of the past, in the fifties it moved decisively north.’
    • ‘These are the folks who, either by accident of birth or mischance, are sufficiently different from the rest of us to attract attention.’
    • ‘She lets him secretly witness her mistress transform herself into an owl; but when Lucius tries the spell on himself, by some calamitous mischance he is changed into an ass.’
    • ‘And if by mischance we misjudge it and present a flat hand to the other's fist we make nothing of the advantage or pretend that it hasn't happened, scrap that game and start again.’
    • ‘To date, the inventors of the voting systems and the jurisdictions now eager to adopt them have resisted calls for paper backup - without which opportunities for either mischief or mischance abound.’
    accident, misfortune, mishap, misadventure, unfortunate incident, setback, failure, disaster, tragedy, calamity, catastrophe, contretemps, reversal, upset, blow, debacle
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    1. 1.1count noun An unlucky occurrence.
      ‘innumerable mischances might ruin the enterprise’
      • ‘Despite the subsequent labours of his brother Peter on his behalf, his reputation never fully recovered from this mischance.’
      • ‘Further machinations of the Duke prevent this mischance.’
      • ‘A thousand different accidents and mischances could happen to divert me on the way.’
      • ‘If you want to take a very Christian view of it, our founder was nailed to a cross, and while that's not necessarily the inevitable end of the do-gooder, it's a fairly good example of if you like the mischances of life.’
      • ‘Should there be a mischance resulting in a Kerry administration, indiscretions will not be allowed to count.’
      • ‘Learning upon a mischance that I am a direct descendent of the line of Syed Shah Abd'al Razzak Banswi, she would always kiss my hands and touch them to her eyes in a salute upon visiting.’
      • ‘As he points out, the abnormalities we see here are not the result of heredity or some other mischance.’
      • ‘The future Empress first gains access to the Blazing World by way of the romance trope of abduction, which, in this case, is a fortunate mischance.’
      • ‘When the Warden of the Houses of Healing in Gondor laments to Lady Eowyn that ‘the world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them,’ Eowyn responds tartly: ‘It needs but one foe to breed a war, not two.’’
      • ‘When I came back to thinking about horseracing 30 years later, it was by means of a horse who had avoided all those tragic mischances.’
      disaster, catastrophe, calamity, tragedy, act of god, devastation, crisis, holocaust, ruin, ruination, upheaval, convulsion, blow, shock, reverse, trouble, trial, tribulation
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French mescheance, from the verb mescheoir, from mes- ‘adversely’ + cheoir ‘befall’.

Pronunciation

mischance

/mɪsˈtʃɑːns/