unfortunate person

Definitions of unfortunate person
  1. noun
    a person who suffers misfortune
    synonyms: unfortunate
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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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