- 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 misadventureMore example sentences
- 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 childhoodMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French mesaventure, from mesavenir 'turn out badly'.