Synonyms of unfortunate
1 disastrousDictionary • Through some unfortunate accident, the information reached me a day late.
disastrous • the recent, disastrous earthquake
calamitous • a calamitous air crash
inopportune • The dismissals came at an inopportune time.
adverse • The decision would have no adverse effect on the investigation.
untimely • Your readers would have seen the article as at best untimely.
unfavourable • Unfavourable economic conditions were blocking a recovery.
untoward • The surveyor's report didn't highlight anything untoward.
ruinous • the ruinous effects of the conflict
ill-starred • an ill-starred attempt to create jobs in a deprived area
ill-fated • They are now home after their ill-fated trip abroad.
2 regrettableDictionary • the unfortunate incident of the upside-down Canadian flag
regrettable • a regrettable incident
deplorable • Many of them work under deplorable conditions.
lamentable • This lamentable state of affairs lasted until 1947.
inappropriate • Some clients had been sold inappropriate polices.
unsuitable • Amy's shoes were unsuitable for walking any distance.
ill-advised • She said his remarks had been ill-advised.
unbecoming • Those involved had performed acts unbecoming of university students.
3 unluckyDictionary • charity days to raise money for unfortunate people
unlucky • Argentina's unlucky defeat by Ireland
poor • I feel sorry for that poor child.
unhappy • I have already informed your unhappy father of your expulsion.
doomed • a doomed attempt to rescue the children
cursed • The whole family seemed cursed.
hopeless • Even able pupils feel hopeless about job prospects.
unsuccessful • The unsuccessful competitors left with nothing.
hapless • the hapless victim struggled helplessly
luckless • the luckless parent of an extremely difficult child
out of luck • If you want money, you're out of luck.
wretched • wretched people living in abject poverty
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• The decision would have no adverse effect on the investigation.
calamitousIf you describe an event or situation as calamitous, you mean it is very unfortunate or serious.
• a calamitous air crash
cursedSomeone or something that is cursed is suffering as the result of a curse.
• The whole family seemed cursed.
Thesaurus for unfortunate from the Collins English Thesaurus
causing or attended by misfortune