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adjective unfortunate pronunciation in British English /ʌnˈfɔː(r)tʃ(ə)nət/
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  1. 1
    experiencing bad luck, or caused by bad luck
    The unfortunate victims of the pension fund fraud are unlikely to get their money back.
  2. 2
    formal if something is unfortunate, you do not approve of it, or you wish it had not happened
    This whole episode has been very unfortunate.
    it is unfortunate that: It’s unfortunate that some politicians have condemned the film without even seeing it.
    1. a.
      slightly embarrassing or offensive
      He had an unfortunate habit of getting drunk and behaving badly at parties.


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