mischance (plural mischances)
- Bad luck, misfortune.
- A mishap, an unlucky circumstance.
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, II.3.3:
- He doth miraculously protect from thieves, incursions, sword, fire, and all violent mischances […]
- (transitive) To undergo (a misfortune); to suffer (something unfortunate).