toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

mishap
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

4 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
an unfortunate accident — usually minor
  • Tess, on her part, could not understand why a man of clerical family and good education, and above physical want, should look upon it as a mishap to be alive.
    3 — The Rally (48% in)
  • "You shall catch it for this, my gentleman, when you get home!" burst in female accents from the human heap—those of the unhappy partner of the man whose clumsiness had caused the mishap; she happened also to be his recently married wife, in which assortment there was nothing unusual at Trantridge as long as any affection remained between wedded couples; and, indeed, it was not uncustomary in their later lives, to avoid making odd lots of the single people between whom there might be a...
    1 — The Maiden (85% in)
  • You don't in the least understand the quality of the mishap.
    5 — The Woman Pays (8% in)
  • After her first burst of disappointment Joan began to take the mishap as she had taken Tess's original trouble, as she would have taken a wet holiday or failure in the potato-crop; as a thing which had come upon them irrespective of desert or folly; a chance external impingement to be borne with; not a lesson.
    5 — The Woman Pays (39% in)

There are no more uses of "mishap" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®