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Synonyms for unfortunate
ʌnˈfɔr tʃə nɪtun·for·tu·nate

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  1. unfortunateadjective

    unsuccessful, unlucky

    fortunate, lucky

  2. unfortunateadjective

    not favored by fortune

    unlucky, unsuccessful

    lucky, fortunate

  3. unfortunateadjective

    marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune

    unlucky, unsuccessful

    lucky, fortunate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. unfortunate

    broken, crushed, fallen, ill-starred, miserable, unhappy, unlucky, woful, wretched

    favored, fortunate, happy, lucky, prospered, prosperous, successful

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  1. unfortunate

    calamitous, illfated, unlucky, wretched, unhappy, miserable

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unfortunate, unfortunate personadjective

    a person who suffers misfortune

    unfortunate person

    well-off, miraculous, providential, felicitous, well(p), lucky, better off(p), happy, fortunate, heaven-sent, fortuitous, good

  2. unfortunateadjective

    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"


    happy, good, heaven-sent, lucky, felicitous, better off(p), well(p), miraculous, well-off, fortunate, fortuitous, providential

  3. inauspicious, unfortunateadjective

    not auspicious; boding ill

    ill, inauspicious, untoward, ominous, adverse

    miraculous, felicitous, fortuitous, well(p), better off(p), lucky, good, heaven-sent, happy, providential, well-off, fortunate

  4. unfortunateadjective

    unsuitable or regrettable

    "an unfortunate choice of words"; "an unfortunate speech"


    heaven-sent, felicitous, providential, fortuitous, happy, fortunate, better off(p), lucky, good, well(p), well-off, miraculous

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. unfortunateadjective

    unsuccessful, unprosperous, unlucky, luckless, ill-fated, ill-starred

  2. unfortunateadjective

    disastrous, calamitous, unhappy, deplorable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. unfortunateadjective

    unlucky, unsuccessful, disastrous, ill-starred, ill-fated

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  1. Shevrin Jones:

    There has to be a better way in how we are administrating when it comes to the election process, especially now, we are 48 hours after the election and we are in a total cluster mess-up. It's unfortunate that we are in this situation again -- Broward County is the laughingstock of the country.

  2. Elijah Cummings:

    Running investigations in a private, fact-centric way is unquestionably the right way to conduct a serious investigation. The pitfall, of course, is that commentators, and sometimes even Members of your own Conference, offer thoughts on matters on which they are not familiar, my team of investigators, drawn from the military, federal agencies and the congressional oversight and ethics committees, has worked hard, and in an above-board manner. It is unfortunate when claims are made by those who do not know what the committee has done, why it has done it, or the results of its work. We made a promise to the families about the integrity of this investigation, and no one on the majority side has forgotten it.

  3. Yang Bu-kwon:

    Even the doctor is very positive and Hak-seon is showing a very strong will to make this possible, he's been training for this moment for four years and his condition before the unfortunate injury is better than it was in 2012.

  4. The Warriors:

    Mr. Mark Stevens behavior last night did not reflect the high standard that we hope to exemplify as an organization, were extremely disappointed in Mark Stevens actions and, along with Mr. Mark Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct.

  5. Hari Prasad Mainai:

    [It's] very unfortunate what happened, from the government level, we are going to launch (an) awareness program against these superstitions in the villages of Nawalparasi district.

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    Synonym for Oxymoron
    • A. Contradictory
    • B. Ignorant
    • C. Demented
    • D. Stupid

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