Definition of misadventure in English:



  • An unfortunate incident; a mishap.

    ‘an expensive misadventure in financial services’
    • ‘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'm going to make my fortune by selling out and making a reality TV show called Downhill From Thirty about my health misadventures.’
    • ‘Ironically, despite their misadventures, the franchisees look as if they will survive in one form or another without the crutch of public funding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remember me fondly, and pray refrain from telling the children too many stories about my childhood misadventures.’
    • ‘We don't believe anybody but Roberto could bring magic and fun to Pinocchio's misadventures in this classic tale.’
    • ‘Is it possible that she really intends to defend the ridiculously tragic misadventures of our embarrassing Commander in Chief?’
    • ‘The tale of our misadventures is, like that of the Giant Rat of Sumatra, one for which the world is not yet ready.’
    • ‘They also handle everyday mishaps and misadventures, such as broken teeth, sprained backs and stomach viruses.’
    • ‘I've pleaded with Pete for a number of years for his permission to relate some of his misadventures and bad luck tales.’
    • ‘Of course, there are bound to be some 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.’
    • ‘The play then chronicles the subsequent misadventures of Charles, who now has to juggle two wives - one on either side of the mortal coil.’
    • ‘One went on to serve as a prosecutor, putting criminals in jail, the other went on misadventures into business and failed.’
    • ‘But, as the quote above suggests, it remains highly relevant to our own misadventures in the region.’
    • ‘At the end of this marvellously observed biography, it's the drunken rants, financial embarrassments and the sexual misadventures I remember.’
    • ‘Jumping back and forth in time, the play follows the couple's romance and Charlie's misadventures in the First World War.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After numerous dunkings, mishaps and misadventures, he made it to the starting line.’
    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: from Old French mesaventure, from mesavenir turn out badly.