Misadventure
Misadventure Mis`ad*ven"ture (?; 135), n. [OE. mesaventure, F. m['e]saventure.] Mischance; misfortune; ill luck; unlucky accident; ill adventure. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{Homicide by misadventure} (Law), homicide which occurs when a man, doing a lawful act, without any intention of injury, unfortunately kills another; -- called also {excusable homicide}. See {Homicide}. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Mischance; mishap; misfortune; disaster; calamity. [1913 Webster]


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  • misadventure — (n.) late 13c., misaventure, from O.Fr. mesaventure (12c.) accident, mishap, from mesavenir to turn out badly; see MIS (Cf. mis ) (2) + ADVENTURE (Cf. adventure) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • misadventure — [mis΄əd ven′chər] n. [ME mesaventure < OFr: see MIS 1 & ADVENTURE] an unlucky accident; mishap; an instance of bad luck …   English World dictionary

  • misadventure — UK [ˌmɪsədˈventʃə(r)] / US [ˌmɪsədˈventʃər] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms misadventure : singular misadventure plural misadventures formal something bad that happens to you • death by misadventure …   English dictionary

  • misadventure — mis|ad|ven|ture [ˌmısədˈventʃə US ər] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: mesaventure, from mesavenir to happen badly ] 1.) death by misadventure BrE law the official name for a death caused by an accident ▪ A verdict of death by… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • misadventure — [[t]mɪ̱sədve̱ntʃə(r)[/t]] misadventures N VAR A misadventure is an unfortunate incident. [FORMAL] ...a series of misadventures... A verdict of death by misadventure was recorded …   English dictionary

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