What does Unfortunate mean?
Definitions for Unfortunate
ʌnˈfɔr tʃə nɪtun·for·tu·nate
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unfortunate, unfortunate personadjective
a person who suffers misfortune
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"
not auspicious; boding ill
unsuitable or regrettable
"an unfortunate choice of words"; "an unfortunate speech"
an unlucky person
not favored by fortune
marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Not successful; unprosperous; wanting luck; unhappy.
All things religiously taken in hand, are prosperously ended; because whether men in the end have that which religion did allow to desire, or that which it teacheth them contentedly to suffer, they are in neither event unfortunate. Richard Hooker.
Whosoever will live altogether out of himself, and study other men’s humours, shall never be unfortunate. Walter Raleigh.
Vindictive persons live the life of wicthes, who, as they are mischievous, end unfortunate. Francis Bacon.
He that would hunt a hare with an elephant, is not unfortunate for missing the mark, but foolish for chusing such an unapt instrument. Taylor.
The virgins shall on feastful days
Visit his tomb with flowers, only bewailing
His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice,
From whence captivity and loss of eyes. John Milton, Agonistes.
not fortunate; unsuccessful; not prosperous; unlucky; attended with misfortune; unhappy; as, an unfortunate adventure; an unfortunate man; an unfortunate commander; unfortunate business
an unfortunate person
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
un-for′tū-nāt, adj. not fortunate, prosperous, or successful.—n. one who is unfortunate, esp. a fallen woman.—adv. Unfor′tunately.—n. Unfor′tunateness.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Unfortunate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4251
Rank popularity for the word 'Unfortunate' in Adjectives Frequency: #734
The numerical value of Unfortunate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Unfortunate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of Unfortunate in a Sentence
It's a very unfortunate evolution in that the checks and balances that our Founding Fathers had so emphasized... have been diminished if not completely eliminated, there are very few checks and balances today in large measure because of the unswerving loyalty and commitment the Republican caucus has made to President Donald Trump over and above their commitments to the role and the character of Powerful Senate. It's been a diminution in stature, in authority... in the ability of our constitutional order to provide the kind of real balance and oversight that is so critical to good government.
I cried because my daughter now will see this because my cousins now will see this and little girls all around the country will see this. But I will say that I agree with, you know, Both Haines and Hostin're being robbed of really what she should be asked, which is about judicial philosophy … I think that it's unfortunate that Republicans are taking this opportunity to air grievances.
It is unfortunate that a life was unnecessarily lost, the campaign against poaching is the responsibility of all us ; it threatens many livelihoods, destroys families, and takes much-needed resources to fight crime which could be used for creating jobs and development.
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
It’s unfortunate that somebody finds themselves in that situation. It’s unfortunate. Hopefully, God has her in his hands.
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- يؤسف لهArabic
- desafortunatCatalan, Valencian
- ulykkelig, uheldigDanish
- unglückselig, unglücklichGerman
- malencontreux, infortunéFrench
- بێبهخت, نهگبهتKurdish
- неуда́чный, несчастли́вый, несча́стный, неуда́чливыйRussian
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