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having or marked by bad fortune; unlucky:the unfortunate Cunningham was fired (of a circumstance) unfavorable or inauspicious:the delay at the airport was an unfortunate start to our vacation regrettable or inappropriate:his unfortunate remark silenced the gathering
noun (often unfortunates)
a person who suffers bad fortune. archaic a person who is considered immoral or lacking in religious faith or instruction, especially a prostitute.