AskDefine | Define unfortunate

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unfortunate adj
1 not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned" [ant: fortunate]
2 not auspicious; boding ill [syn: inauspicious] [ant: auspicious]
3 unsuitable or regrettable; "an unfortunate choice of words"; "an unfortunate speech" n : a person who suffers misfortune [syn: unfortunate person]

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  1. not favored by fortune
  2. marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune



not favored by fortune
marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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