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"

Related terms: fortunate hapless black regrettable doomed doomed dispossessed abject castaway infelicitous underprivileged unsuccessful unlucky
2. [ adjective ] not auspicious; boding ill
Synonyms: inauspicious
Related terms: auspicious unpromising auspiciousness
3. [ noun ] a person who suffers misfortune
Synonyms: unfortunate_person
Related terms: person prisoner victim survivor loser mourner outcast sick_person cripple desperate choker weeper languisher schlimazel nympholept jonah poor_person homeless Job maroon amputee abandoned_person
4. [ adjective ] unsuitable or regrettable

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

Related terms: infelicitous
Similar spelling:   unfortunately