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From Anglo-Norman meschance, Old French meschance, meschaunce.



mischance (countable and uncountable, plural mischances)

  1. Bad luck, misfortune.
    • 1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, V.2:
      But let this same be presently perform'd / Even when men's minds are wild, lest more mischance / On plots and errors happen.
  2. 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, partition II, section 3, member 3:
      He doth miraculously protect from thieves, incursions, sword, fire, and all violent mischances []


mischance (third-person singular simple present mischances, present participle mischancing, simple past and past participle mischanced)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To undergo (a misfortune); to suffer (something unfortunate).