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ʌnˈfɔr tʃə nɪtun·for·tu·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unfortunate, unfortunate personadjective

    a person who suffers misfortune

  2. unfortunateadjective

    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"

  3. inauspicious, unfortunateadjective

    not auspicious; boding ill

  4. unfortunateadjective

    unsuitable or regrettable

    "an unfortunate choice of words"; "an unfortunate speech"


  1. unfortunatenoun

    an unlucky person

  2. unfortunateadjective

    not favored by fortune

  3. unfortunateadjective

    marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unfortunateadjective

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unfortunateadjective

    not fortunate; unsuccessful; not prosperous; unlucky; attended with misfortune; unhappy; as, an unfortunate adventure; an unfortunate man; an unfortunate commander; unfortunate business

  2. Unfortunatenoun

    an unfortunate person

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unfortunate

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unfortunate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4251

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unfortunate' in Adjectives Frequency: #734

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unfortunate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unfortunate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of unfortunate in a Sentence

  1. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    It's unfortunate that the White House does not acknowledge that enough.

  2. Gersson Rosas:

    While we are disappointed with the leagues decision, we understand the magnitude of this unfortunate incident, the NBA is highly competitive and last night was a reflection of that. We support Karl and will move forward together as a group.

  3. Michael Mata:

    It’s unfortunate that there was a loss of life, but the officers did their duty and were the utmost professionals, we’re happy that the officers are able to move on with their careers and we’re happy that the justice system worked out as it is designed to do.

  4. Daniel Newman:

    It's unfortunate because I don't think Parag Agrawal tenure was long enough to actually fully indict Parag Agrawal. ... I just think with Musk's comments, it's pretty clear that Elon Musk wants to go in kind of a hard right from where the strategy was.

  5. Arvind Kejriwal:

    The injustice this family has faced is unfortunate and can not be compensated, but the government will give 10 lakh rupees( $ 13,480) to them and order a magisterial inquiry into the matter, there is a need to strengthen law and order in New Delhi.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. nasty
    • B. hatched
    • C. squashy
    • D. opaque

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