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American English: /ˌənˈfɔrtʃ(ə)nət/
British English: /ʌnˈfɔːtʃ(ə)nət/

Translation of unfortunate in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (unlucky) he has been very unfortunate
    ha tenido muy mala suerte
    the unfortunate girl had all her money stolen
    a la pobre chica le robaron todo el dinero
    I was unfortunate enough to catch a cold
    tuve la desgracia or la mala suerte de resfriarme
    it was unfortunate that the weather was so bad
    fue una pena que hiciera tan mal tiempo
    an unfortunate first marriage
    un desdichado or desgraciado primer matrimonio
    those unfortunate wretches huddled under bridges
    esos pobres desgraciados acurrucados bajo los puentes
    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.
    1.2 (unsuitable)
    poco feliz
    (choice of words)
    poco feliz
    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.


  • desgraciado, (-da) (masculine, feminine)

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