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"unfortunate" in British English

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unfortunateadjective

uk   /ʌnˈfɔː.tʃən.ət/ us   /ʌnˈfɔːr.tʃən.ət/
  • unfortunate adjective (UNLUCKY)

B2 unlucky or having bad effects: She has inherited her father's large nose, which is very unfortunate. [+ (that)] It was unfortunate (that) he called at the exact moment when our guests were arriving.

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unfortunatenoun [C]

uk   /ʌnˈfɔː.tʃən.ət/ us   /ʌnˈfɔːr.tʃən.ət/ formal or humorous
(Definition of unfortunate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unfortunate" in American English

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unfortunateadjective

us   /ʌnˈfɔr·tʃə·nət/
  • unfortunate adjective (UNLUCKY)

unlucky or having bad effects: What happened to Monica was just a freak accident – it was very unfortunate.
  • unfortunate adjective (UNSUITABLE)

(of remarks or behavior) unsuitable in a way that could cause offense: It was an unfortunate remark that he later regretted.
unfortunately
adverb us   /ʌnˈfɔr·tʃə·nət·li/
Unfortunately, by the time we got there the party was almost over.
(Definition of unfortunate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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