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1‘he was involved in an accident at work’
mishap, misfortune, misadventure, mischance, unfortunate incident, injury, disaster, tragedy, catastrophe, contretemps, calamity, blow, trouble, problem, difficulty
2‘there was an accident on the motorway’
crash, collision, smash, bump, car crash, car accident, road accident, traffic accident, road traffic accident, RTA, multiple crash, multiple collision
rail accident, derailment
air accident, air crash
North American wreck
informal smash-up, pile-up, shunt
British informal prang
3‘it is no accident that there is a similarity between them’
chance, mere chance, coincidence, twist of fate, freak, hazard
piece of good fortune, luck, bit of luck, good luck, bit of good luck, fluke, happy chance
serendipity, fate, fortuity, fortune, providence
North American happenstance
‘we met purely by accident’
fortuitously, accidentally, coincidentally, by chance, by coincidence, by a fluke, unintentionally, inadvertently
unwittingly, unknowingly, unawares, unconsciously
by mistake, mistakenly
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