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unfortunateadjective

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

unlucky or having ​badeffects: What ​happened to Monica was just a ​freakaccident – it was very unfortunate.
  • unfortunate adjective (UNSUITABLE)

(of ​remarks or ​behavior) ​unsuitable in a way that could ​causeoffense: It was an unfortunate ​remark that he ​laterregretted.
unfortunately
adverb  us   /ʌnˈfɔr·tʃə·nət·li/
Unfortunately, by the ​time we got there the ​party was ​almost over.
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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 ​badeffects: She has ​inherited her father's ​largenose, which is very unfortunate. [+ (that)] It was unfortunate (that) he called at the ​exactmoment when ​ourguests were ​arriving.

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unfortunatenoun [C]

uk   /ʌnˈfɔː.tʃən.ət/  us   /ʌnˈfɔːr.tʃən.ət/ formal or humorous
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