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unfortunate

adjective uk   /ʌnˈfɔː.tʃən.ət/  us   /-ˈfɔːr-/

unfortunate adjective (UNLUCKY)

B2 unlucky or having bad effects: She has inherited her father's large nose, which is very unfortunate. [+ (that)] It was just unfortunate (that) he phoned exactly as our guests were arriving.
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unfortunate adjective (NOT SUITABLE)

formal (of remarks or behaviour) unsuitable in a way that could cause embarrassment or offence: The housing director's remark that "the homeless could do more to help themselves" was unfortunate to say the least.

unfortunate

noun [C] uk   /ʌnˈfɔː.tʃən.ət/  us   /-ˈfɔːr-/ formal or humorous
an unlucky person who is in a bad situation: He was one of the poor unfortunates who invested in the company and now finds himself a few thousand pounds poorer.
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