(noun, adjective)


1. not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

- an unfortunate turn of events

- an unfortunate decision

- unfortunate investments

Similar word(s): abject, black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful, dispossessed, homeless, roofless, hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched, doomed, unlucky, downtrodden, infelicitous, unhappy, regrettable, luckless, unlucky, underprivileged, unsuccessful

2. not auspicious; boding ill

Similar word(s): unpromising, inauspicious

3. unsuitable or regrettable

- an unfortunate choice of words

- an unfortunate speech

Similar word(s): infelicitous


1. a person who suffers misfortune

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul