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Definition 1: a person who suffers misfortune - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for unfortunate in the sense of this definition

(unfortunate is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person seized by nympholepsy

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person who is rejected (from society or home)

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person with few or no possessions

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) (Yiddish) a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person suffering from an illness

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) one who lives through affliction

"the survivors of the fire were taken to a hospital"

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person who is feeling grief (as grieving over someone who has died)

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person who is stranded (as on an island)

"when the tide came in I was a maroon out there"

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) someone for whom hope has been abandoned

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) someone who has had a limb removed by amputation

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) an unfortunate person who is unable to perform effectively because of nervous tension or agitation

"he could win if he wasn't a choker"

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person who is frightened and in need of help

"they prey on the hopes of the desperate"

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) someone unfortunate without housing

"a homeless was found murdered in Central Park"

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person who languishes

(... is a kind of unfortunate ) a person who weeps

Definition 2: not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unfortunate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an unfortunate turn of events
  • an unfortunate decision
  • unfortunate investments
  • an unfortunate night for all concerned

(unfortunate is similar to ...) most unfortunate or miserable

"the most abject slaves joined in the revolt" "abject poverty"

(unfortunate is similar to ...) deserving regret

"regrettable remarks" "it's regrettable that she didn't go to college" "it's too bad he had no feeling himself for church"

(unfortunate is similar to ...) marked by or producing unhappiness

"infelicitous circumstances" "unhappy caravans, straggling afoot through swamps and canebrakes"

(unfortunate is similar to ...) abused or oppressed by people in power

(unfortunate is similar to ...) marked by or promising bad fortune

"their business venture was doomed from the start" "an ill-fated business venture" "an ill-starred romance" "the unlucky prisoner was again put in irons"

(unfortunate is similar to ...) deserving or inciting pity

"a hapless victim" "miserable victims of war" "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic" "piteous appeals for help" "pitiable homeless children" "a pitiful fate" "Oh, you poor thing" "his poor distorted limbs" "a wretched life"

(unfortunate is similar to ...) physically or spiritually homeless or deprived of security

"made a living out of shepherding dispossed people from one country to another"

(unfortunate is similar to ...) (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin

"the stock market crashed on Black Friday" "a calamitous defeat" "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign" "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory" "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it" "a fateful error"

(means also ...) having or bringing misfortune

"Friday the 13th is an unlucky date"

(means also ...) lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society

(means also ...) not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome

Definition 3: not auspicious; boding ill - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for unfortunate in the sense of this definition

(unfortunate is similar to ...) unlikely to bring about favorable results or enjoyment

"faced an unpromising task" "music for unpromising combinations of instruments"

(... are attributes of unfortunate) the favorable quality of strongly indicating a successful result

Definition 4: unsuitable or regrettable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unfortunate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an unfortunate choice of words
  • an unfortunate speech

(unfortunate is similar to ...) not appropriate in application; defective

"an infelicitous remark" "infelicitous phrasing" "the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy"

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