unfortunately
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ʌnˈfɔːtjʊnətli/, /ʌnˈfɔːt͡ʃənətli/
  • (GA) IPA: /ʌnˈfɔɹt͡ʃənɪtli/
Adverb

unfortunately

  1. Happening through bad luck, or because of some unfortunate event.
    • 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 1, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
      Unfortunately, the uproar awoke Mr. Jones, who sprang out of bed, making sure that there was a fox in the yard.
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