misadventure

Ever climb a ladder and then, when you’re at the top, the ladder tips over, leaving you stranded up there? That’s the start of a misadventure, an unfortunate situation that happens because of bad luck.

Kids are always having misadventures. Falling into a pit of mud, getting stuck between slats in a fence, a monkey stealing the shirt off your back: all classic misadventures. The word is rooted in the French word mesaventure, which translates to “turn out badly.” Some misadventures are only embarrassing, while others are exhausting and sad. The worst part? You can’t prevent a misadventure, because they happen by chance.

Definitions of misadventure
  1. noun
    an instance of misfortune
    synonyms: mischance, mishap
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    accident
    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    near miss
    an accidental collision that is narrowly avoided
    derailment
    an accident in which a train runs off its track
    ground loop
    a sharp uncontrollable turn made by an airplane while moving along the ground
    puncture
    loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object
    slip, trip
    an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
    crash
    (computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative
    fall, spill, tumble
    a sudden drop from an upright position
    collision
    an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object
    crash, wreck
    a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)
    accidental injury, injury
    an accident that results in physical damage or hurt
    shipwreck, wreck
    an accident that destroys a ship at sea
    casualty, fatal accident
    an accident that causes someone to die
    head crash
    (computer science) a crash of a read/write head in a hard disk drive (usually caused by contact of the head with the surface of the magnetic disk)
    type of:
    bad luck, misfortune
    unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
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