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- Unfortunate as a Noun
- Definitions of "Unfortunate" as a noun
- Synonyms of "Unfortunate" as a noun (1 Word)
- Usage Examples of "Unfortunate" as a noun
- Unfortunate as an Adjective
- Definitions of "Unfortunate" as an adjective
- Synonyms of "Unfortunate" as an adjective (24 Words)
- Usage Examples of "Unfortunate" as an adjective
- Associations of "Unfortunate" (30 Words)
The synonyms of “Unfortunate” are: inauspicious, unlucky, hapless, out of luck, down on one's luck, luckless, wretched, miserable, forlorn, unhappy, poor, pitiful, adverse, disadvantageous, unfavourable, untoward, unwelcome, regrettable, inappropriate, unsuitable, inapt, infelicitous, tactless, injudicious, unfortunate person
Unfortunate as a Noun
Definitions of "Unfortunate" as a noun
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “unfortunate” as a noun can have the following definitions:
- A person who suffers bad fortune.
- A person who suffers misfortune.
- A person who is considered immoral or lacking in religious faith or instruction, especially a prostitute.
Synonyms of "Unfortunate" as a noun (1 Word)
|unfortunate person||A person who suffers misfortune.|
Usage Examples of "Unfortunate" as a noun
- Those unfortunates whose lives are marred by poverty.
Unfortunate as an Adjective
Definitions of "Unfortunate" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “unfortunate” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Having or marked by bad fortune; unlucky.
- Not auspicious; boding ill.
- Regrettable or inappropriate.
- Unsuitable or regrettable.
- Not indicating a good chance of success; inauspicious.
- Not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune.
Synonyms of "Unfortunate" as an adjective (24 Words)
|adverse||Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavourable.|
Taxes are having an adverse effect on production.
|disadvantageous||Involving or creating unfavourable circumstances that reduce the chances of success or effectiveness.|
A disadvantageous outcome.
|down on one's luck||Understood perfectly.|
|forlorn||Marked by or showing hopelessness.|
The last forlorn attempt.
|hapless||Deserving or inciting pity.|
A hapless victim.
|inappropriate||Not suitable for a particular occasion etc.|
Completely inappropriate behavior.
|inapt||Not suitable or appropriate in the circumstances.|
A more inapt name I cannot imagine.
|inauspicious||Contrary to your interests or welfare.|
Following this inauspicious start the British outnumbered withdrew.
An infelicitous remark.
|injudicious||Showing very poor judgement; unwise.|
I took a few injudicious swigs of potent cider.
|luckless||Having or bringing misfortune.|
An osprey seized the luckless fish with its talons.
|miserable||Very unhappy; full of misery.|
You miserable old creep.
|out of luck||Out of power; especially having been unsuccessful in an election.|
|pitiful||Deserving or inciting pity.|
Pitiful exhibition of cowardice.
|poor||Deserving or inciting pity.|
The jejune diets of the very poor.
|regrettable||(of conduct or an event) giving rise to regret; undesirable; unwelcome.|
It s regrettable that she didn t go to college.
|tactless||Lacking or showing a lack of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others.|
It was tactless to bring up those disagreeable.
Single mothers are often the target of unfavourable press attention.
An unhappy coincidence.
|unlucky||Having, bringing, or resulting from bad luck.|
An unlucky defeat.
|unsuitable||Not fitting or appropriate.|
The display is unsuitable for young children.
|untoward||Unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient.|
Both tried to behave as if nothing untoward had happened.
|unwelcome||(of a guest or new arrival) not gladly received.|
Unwelcome attentions from men.
|wretched||Of very poor quality or condition.|
The wretched conditions of the slums.
Usage Examples of "Unfortunate" as an adjective
- His unfortunate remark silenced the gathering.
- An unfortunate speech.
- An unfortunate choice of words.
- Unfortunate investments.
- An unfortunate night for all concerned.
- An unfortunate decision.
- An unfortunate turn of events.
- The delay at the airport was an unfortunate start to our holiday.
- There'd been an unfortunate accident.
Associations of "Unfortunate" (30 Words)
|bereft||Unhappy in love; suffering from unrequited love.|
Bereft of hope.
|calamitous||(of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin.|
Such calamitous events as fires hurricanes and floods.
|defeated||People who are defeated.|
She looked defeated quite unlike her normal self.
|disadvantaged||Marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or healthful environmental influences.|
We began to help the disadvantaged.
|disastrous||Having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin.|
The battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign.
|fateful||Having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin.|
A fateful oversight.
|foreboding||A feeling that something bad will happen; fearful apprehension.|
When the Doctor spoke his voice was dark and foreboding.
|frustrating||Discouraging by hindering.|
It can be very frustrating to find that the size you want isn t there.
|hapless||Deserving or inciting pity- Galsworthy.|
A hapless victim.
|inauspicious||Presaging ill fortune- P.B.Shelley.|
My words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven.
|infelicitous||Marked by or producing unhappiness.|
The infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy.
|misadventure||An unfortunate incident; a mishap.|
The petty misdemeanours and misadventures of childhood.
|mischance||An instance of misfortune.|
By pure mischance the secret was revealed.
|miserable||Causing unhappiness or discomfort.|
Almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans.
Stared with mournful eyes.
|ominous||Presaging ill fortune.|
There were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead.
|pathetic||Miserably inadequate; of very low standard.|
The shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic.
|piteous||Deserving or inciting pity.|
Piteous appeals for help.
|pitiable||Contemptibly poor or small.|
The men were in a pitiable condition.
|pitiful||Deserving or inciting pity.|
A pitiful fate.
|premonition||An early warning about a future event.|
He had a premonition of imminent disaster.
|presentiment||An intuitive feeling about the future, especially one of foreboding.|
A presentiment of disaster.
|tragic||Suffering extreme distress or sorrow.|
A tragic accident.
|underprivileged||Lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society.|
The plight of the underprivileged.
|unfulfilled||Of persons; marked by failure to realize full potentialities.|
I was restless and unfulfilled.
After the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence.
|unlucky||Marked by or promising bad fortune- W.H.Prescott.|
The visitors were unlucky to have a goal disallowed.
|unpropitious||(of a circumstance) not giving or indicating a good chance of success; unfavourable.|
His reports were submitted at a financially unpropitious time.
An unsuccessful attempt to enter Parliament.
|wretched||Deserving or inciting pity- Galsworthy.|
Spent a wretched night on the floor.