• (British) IPA: /mɪsˈtʃɑːns/


  1. Bad luck, misfortune.
    • 1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, V.2:
      But let this same be presently perform'd / Even when men's minds are wild, lest more mischance / On plots and errors happen.
  2. A mishap, an unlucky circumstance.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 3, member 3:
      He doth miraculously protect from thieves, incursions, sword, fire, and all violent mischances {{...}

mischance (mischances, present participle mischancing; past and past participle mischanced)

  1. (ambitransitive) To undergo (a misfortune); to suffer (something unfortunate).

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