views updated

un·for·tu·nate / ˌənˈfôrchənət/ • adj. having or marked by bad fortune; unlucky: the unfortunate Cunningham was fired. ∎  (of a circumstance) unfavorable or inauspicious: the delay at the airport was an unfortunate start to our vacation. ∎  regrettable or inappropriate: his unfortunate remark silenced the gathering.• n. (often unfortunates) a person who suffers bad fortune. ∎ archaic a person who is considered immoral or lacking in religious faith or instruction, esp. a prostitute.