[mis-chans, -chahns] /mɪsˈtʃæns, -ˈtʃɑns/

a mishap or misfortune.
bad luck
a stroke of bad luck

c.1300, from Old French mescheance “misfortune, mishap, accident; wickedness, malice,” from Vulgar Latin *minuscadentiam; see mis- (2) + chance (n.). Now usually “bad luck;” formerly much stronger: “calamity, disaster.”

1540s, from mis- (1) + chance (v.). Related: Mischanced; mischancing.


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