- 1Having or marked by bad fortune; unlucky: the unfortunate Cunningham was firedMore example sentences
- There are psychos around, like there are anywhere and this poor person was unfortunate enough to be standing in front of a psycho who pushed him under a tube
- The work is spread fairly and in the public interest amongst a wide range of operators to the best requirements of those who are unfortunate enough to be in an accident.
- Like many others, he was unfortunate enough to lose a limb in a shooting accident but is bravely continuing with his chosen career of caring for his beloved hunting hounds.
- 1.1(Of a circumstance) unfavorable or inauspicious: the delay at the airport was an unfortunate start to our vacationMore example sentences
- Lindsay had the unfortunate chance of meeting Izzy last year when she dropped off her Christmas present and Izzy had answered the door.
- The long chain of unfortunate events indicate that Taiwanese businesspeople can easily become targets of bandits in China.
- For the second successive weekend an unfortunate clash of fixtures will leave some of the York area's hardcore of match anglers with divided loyalties.
- 1.2Regrettable or inappropriate: his unfortunate remark silenced the gatheringMore example sentences
- ‘It is important to say the Navy regrets this unfortunate incident,’ said a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet.
- Firstly, I regret that this unfortunate incident occurred and reiterate our apology to Mrs Hill's family.
- ‘It's certainly an unfortunate incident that we regret,’ a White House spokesman told a news briefing.
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- 1A person who suffers bad fortune.More example sentences
- Allow me to explain Fayer's evil plan to you poor unfortunates who have to suffer through his company with me.
- Let us hope that it has the effect of penalising the habitually and criminally dangerous drivers and not unfortunates who are victims of circumstances.
- Well, apart from the torture victims, the murdered and other unfortunates who have had their civil liberties eroded, human rights curtailed and so on.