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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: mesaventure, from mesavenir 'to happen badly'

misadventure

noun
     
mis‧ad‧ven‧ture
1

death by misadventure

British English lawSCMX the official name for a death caused by an accident:
A verdict of death by misadventure was recorded.
2 [uncountable and countable] literary bad luck or an accident

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