Definition of misadventure in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪsədˈvɛntʃə/


1 (also death by misadventure) [mass noun] English Law Death caused by a person accidentally while performing a legal act without negligence or intent to harm: the coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure
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  • Having a majority of eleven against him, the wise juryman consented to a merciful verdict of death by misadventure.
  • The jury at the inquest into his death recorded a verdict of death by misadventure yesterday.
  • An inquest recorded a verdict of death by misadventure after hearing she died of acute peritonitis, caused by the perforation of her bowel during the operation.
2An unfortunate incident; a mishap: the petty misdemeanours and misadventures of childhood
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  • They also handle everyday mishaps and misadventures, such as broken teeth, sprained backs and stomach viruses.
  • After numerous dunkings, mishaps and misadventures, he made it to the starting line.
  • We don't believe anybody but Roberto could bring magic and fun to Pinocchio's misadventures in this classic tale.
accident, problem, difficulty, misfortune, mishap, mischance;
unfortunate incident, setback, reverse, reverse of fortune, stroke of bad luck, blow;
British informal car crash


Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French mesaventure, from mesavenir 'turn out badly'.

Words that rhyme with misadventure

denture, peradventure
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