Definition of mischance in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪsˈtʃɑːns/


[mass noun]
1Bad luck: by pure mischance the secret was revealed
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  • She lets him secretly witness her mistress transform herself into an owl; but when Lucius tries the spell on himself, by some calamitous mischance he is changed into an ass.
  • Death by disease, death by mischance, death by accident or indifference - these were part and parcel of life, but never impacted on my day-to-day life.
  • If, by dire mischance, a mishap occurs, we can forget this entire conversation.
accident, misfortune, mishap, misadventure, unfortunate incident, setback, failure, disaster, tragedy, calamity, catastrophe, contretemps, reversal, upset, blow, debacle;
bad luck, ill fortune
1.1 [count noun] An unlucky occurrence: innumerable mischances might ruin the enterprise
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  • A thousand different accidents and mischances could happen to divert me on the way.
  • When the Warden of the Houses of Healing in Gondor laments to Lady Eowyn that ‘the world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them,’ Eowyn responds tartly: ‘It needs but one foe to breed a war, not two.’
  • If you want to take a very Christian view of it, our founder was nailed to a cross, and while that's not necessarily the inevitable end of the do-gooder, it's a fairly good example of if you like the mischances of life.


Middle English: from Old French mescheance, from the verb mescheoir, from mes- 'adversely' + cheoir 'befall'.

Words that rhyme with mischance

advance, Afrikaans, à outrance, chance, dance, enhance, entrance, faience, France, glance, lance, outdance, perchance, prance, Provence, stance, trance

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