unfortunate person

Definitions of unfortunate person
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n 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)
Types:
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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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