unfortunate

Something unfortunate is something that you wished had not happened — like that unfortunate incident that got you suspended from school. Let's not bring that up.

Unfortunate can also describe unlucky circumstances. A natural disaster like an earthquake or a tornado will always have unfortunate consequences. You can even use unfortunate as a noun to identify someone or something not favored by fortune — like the unfortunates whose lives were shattered by the earthquake.

Definitions of unfortunate
  1. adjective
    not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
    “an unfortunate turn of events”
    “an unfortunate decision”
    unfortunate investments”
    “an unfortunate night for all concerned”
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    abject
    most unfortunate or miserable
    black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful
    (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
    dispossessed, homeless, roofless
    physically or spiritually homeless or deprived of security
    hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched
    deserving or inciting pity
    doomed, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, unlucky
    marked by or promising bad fortune
    downtrodden
    abused or oppressed by people in power
    infelicitous, unhappy
    marked by or producing unhappiness
    regrettable, too bad
    deserving regret
    luckless, unlucky
    having or bringing misfortune
    underprivileged
    lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society
    unsuccessful
    not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome
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    fortunate
    having unexpected good fortune
    better off
    in a more fortunate or prosperous condition
    felicitous, happy
    marked by good fortune
    fortuitous
    occurring by happy chance
    good, well
    resulting favorably
    heaven-sent, miraculous, providential
    peculiarly fortunate or appropriate; as if by divine intervention
    lucky
    occurring by chance
    well-off
    fortunately situated
    lucky
    having or bringing good fortune
    privileged
    blessed with privileges
    successful
    having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
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  2. adjective
    not auspicious; boding ill
    synonyms: inauspicious
    unpromising
    unlikely to bring about favorable results or enjoyment
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    auspicious
    auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
    bright, hopeful, promising
    full or promise
    fortunate, rosy
    presaging good fortune
    propitious
    presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success
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  3. adjective
    unsuitable or regrettable
    “an unfortunate choice of words”
    “an unfortunate speech”
    Synonyms:
    infelicitous
    not appropriate in application; defective
  4. noun
    a person who suffers misfortune
    synonyms: unfortunate person
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    Lazarus
    the diseased beggar in Jesus' parable of the rich man and the beggar
    Saint Thomas a Becket
    (Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)
    Saint George
    Christian martyr; patron saint of England; hero of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in which he slew a dragon and saved a princess (?-303)
    Jeanne d'Arc
    French heroine and military leader inspired by religious visions to organize French resistance to the English and to have Charles VII crowned king; she was later tried for heresy and burned at the stake (1412-1431)
    Saint Lawrence
    Roman martyr; supposedly Lawrence was ordered by the police to give up the church's treasure and when he responded by presenting the poor people of Rome he was roasted to death on a gridiron (died in 258)
    William Tindale
    English translator and Protestant martyr; his translation of the Bible into English (which later formed the basis for the King James Version) aroused ecclesiastical opposition; he left England in 1524 and was burned at the stake in Antwerp as a heretic (1494-1536)
    St. Vitus
    Christian martyr and patron of those who suffer from epilepsy and Sydenham's chorea (died around 300)
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    abandoned person
    someone for whom hope has been abandoned
    amputee
    someone who has had a limb removed by amputation
    choker
    an unfortunate person who is unable to perform effectively because of nervous tension or agitation
    desperate
    a person who is frightened and in need of help
    homeless, homeless person
    someone unfortunate without housing
    Job
    any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
    jinx, jonah
    a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him
    languisher
    a person who languishes
    failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person
    a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
    maroon
    a person who is stranded (as on an island)
    griever, lamenter, mourner, sorrower
    a person who is feeling grief (as grieving over someone who has died)
    nympholept
    a person seized by nympholepsy
    Ishmael, castaway, outcast, pariah
    a person who is rejected (from society or home)
    have-not, poor person
    a person with few or no possessions
    captive, prisoner
    a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
    schlimazel, shlimazel
    (Yiddish) a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything
    diseased person, sick person, sufferer
    a person suffering from an illness
    subsister, survivor
    one who lives through affliction
    victim
    an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
    crier, weeper
    a person who weeps
    poor white trash, white trash
    (slang) an offensive term for White people who are impoverished
    anorectic, anorexic
    a person suffering from anorexia nervosa
    bag lady
    a homeless woman who carries all her possessions with her in shopping bags
    bulimic
    a person suffering from bulimia
    bankrupt, insolvent
    someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts
    bawler
    a loud weeper
    blubberer
    someone who sniffles and weeps with loud sobs
    castaway, shipwreck survivor
    a shipwrecked person
    casualty, injured party
    someone injured or killed in an accident
    casualty
    someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement
    consumptive, lunger, tubercular
    a person with pulmonary tuberculosis
    convalescent
    a person who is recovering from illness
    con, convict, inmate, yard bird, yardbird
    a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
    depressive
    someone suffering psychological depression
    detainee, political detainee
    some held in custody
    diabetic
    someone who has diabetes
    down-and-out
    a person who is destitute
    dyspeptic
    a person suffering from indigestion
    epileptic
    a person who has epilepsy
    flash in the pan
    someone who enjoys transient success but then fails
    dud, flop, washout
    someone who is unsuccessful
    goner, toast
    a person in desperate straits; someone doomed
    bleeder, haemophile, haemophiliac, hemophile, hemophiliac
    someone who has hemophilia and is subject to uncontrollable bleeding
    heretic, misbeliever, religious outcast
    a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church
    hostage, surety
    a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
    hunted person
    a person who is hunted
    incurable
    a person whose disease is incurable
    insomniac, sleepless person
    someone who cannot sleep
    internee
    a person who is interned
    invalid, shut-in
    someone who is incapacitated by a chronic illness or injury
    leper
    a pariah who is avoided by others
    lazar, leper
    a person afflicted with leprosy
    underdog
    one at a disadvantage and expected to lose
    lunatic, madman, maniac
    an insane person
    manic-depressive
    a person afflicted with manic-depressive illness
    martyr, sufferer
    one who suffers for the sake of principle
    martyr
    one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion
    monomaniac
    a person suffering from monomania
    muggee
    a victim of a mugging
    murderee
    a victim who is murdered
    narcoleptic
    a person who has narcolepsy
    neurasthenic
    a person suffering a nervous breakdown
    mental case, neurotic, psychoneurotic
    a person suffering from neurosis
    bearer, pallbearer
    one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
    patient
    a person who requires medical care
    pauper
    a person who is very poor
    political prisoner
    someone who is imprisoned because of their political views
    poor devil, wretch
    someone you feel sorry for
    fair game, prey, quarry, target
    a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
    POW, prisoner of war
    a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war
    psycho, psychotic, psychotic person
    a person afflicted with psychosis
    punching bag
    a person on whom another person vents their anger
    rheumatic
    a person suffering with rheumatism
    scapegoat, whipping boy
    someone who is punished for the errors of others
    syphilitic
    a person suffering from syphilis
    Harijan, untouchable
    belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India
    drifter, floater, vagabond, vagrant
    a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
    valetudinarian
    weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health
    spewer, vomiter
    a person who vomits
    wailer
    a mourner who utters long loud high-pitched cries
    weeper
    a hired mourner
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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