1) ADJ-GRADED If you describe someone as unfortunate, you mean that something unpleasant or unlucky has happened to them. You can also describe the unpleasant things that happen to them as unfortunate.

Some unfortunate person passing below could all too easily be seriously injured...

Apparently he had been unfortunate enough to fall victim to a gang of thugs...

Through some unfortunate accident, the information reached me a day late...

It was unfortunate for Davey that his teacher did not take kindly to him.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something that has happened as unfortunate, you think that it is inappropriate, embarrassing, awkward, or undesirable.

It really is desperately unfortunate that this should have happened just now.

...the unfortunate incident of the upside-down Canadian flag...

He made the unfortunate mistake of promising he would quit if the budget deficit was still out of control.

3) ADJ-GRADED You can describe someone as unfortunate when they are poor or have a difficult life.

Every year we have charity days to raise money for unfortunate people.

...the unfortunate inhabitants of the East End slums.

An unfortunate is someone who is unfortunate.

Dorothy was another of life's unfortunates.

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