From Anglo-Norman meschance, Old French meschance, meschaunce.
mischance (plural mischances)
- 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.
- 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:, II.3.3:
- 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)
- (transitive) To undergo (a misfortune); to suffer (something unfortunate).