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English adjective: unfortunate

1. unfortunate not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

SamplesAn unfortunate turn of events.
An unfortunate decision.
Unfortunate investments.
An unfortunate night for all concerned.

Similarabject, black, calamitous, disastrous, dispossessed, doomed, downtrodden, fatal, fateful, hapless, homeless, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, infelicitous, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, regrettable, roofless, too bad, unhappy, unlucky, wretched

See alsoluckless, underprivileged, unlucky, unsuccessful


2. unfortunate not auspicious; boding ill



Attributeauspiciousness, propitiousness


3. unfortunate unsuitable or regrettable

SamplesAn unfortunate choice of words.
An unfortunate speech.



English noun: unfortunate

1. unfortunate (person) a person who suffers misfortune

Synonymsunfortunate person

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Narrower (hyponym)abandoned person, amputee, captive, castaway, choker, crier, desperate, diseased person, failure, griever, have-not, homeless, homeless person, Ishmael, jinx, Job, jonah, lamenter, languisher, loser, maroon, mourner, nonstarter, nympholept, outcast, pariah, poor person, prisoner, schlimazel, shlimazel, sick person, sorrower, subsister, sufferer, survivor, unsuccessful person, victim, weeper

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