Definition of Bad luck

1. Noun. An unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes.

2. Noun. An unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate. "If I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all"
Exact synonyms: Mischance, Mishap
Generic synonyms: Chance, Fortune, Hazard, Luck

3. Noun. Unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event.
Exact synonyms: Misfortune
Generic synonyms: Trouble
Specialized synonyms: Pity, Shame, Misadventure, Mischance, Mishap, Calamity, Cataclysm, Catastrophe, Disaster, Tragedy, Adversity, Hardship, Knock

Definition of Bad luck

1. Noun. Misfortune. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bad Luck

bad guy
bad guys
bad hair day
bad hair days
bad hat
bad hats
bad influence
bad influences
bad iron
bad joke
bad lands
bad language
bad light
bad lot
bad lots
bad luck (current term)
bad manners
bad medicine
bad mind
bad money drives out good
bad name
bad names
bad news
bad off
bad pennies
bad penny
bad person
bad seed
bad taste in one's mouth
bad temper

Literary usage of Bad luck

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Joseph Jacobs (1892)
"if you have bad luck, keep retired so as not to redouble the influence of your unlucky star. xxxvii Keep a Store of Sarcasms, and know how to use them. ..."

2. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"V CYNICISM GOOD AND bad luck GOOD LUCK is the gayest of all gay girls; ... But Madame bad luck soberly comes And stays—no fancy has she for flitting; ..."

3. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"... Castle at Carrickmacross that time, and that they put a rope round the agent's neck and were going to hang him at his own door." '"bad luck to them for ..."

4. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1823)
"Badge, seize upon him. (He meets Mrs M. returning.) \st Voice. bad luck to Punch and Judy. (T/te Conspirators scour off", ..."

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