Definition of misadventure in English:


Line breaks: mis|ad¦ven|ture
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.


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

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