What's the antonym of "serendipitous"? I couldn't find any anywhere.
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"Unlucky" is almost an antonym, although serendipitous is more specific than just "lucky" and refers to finding good things by accident. "Ill-fated," "luckless" or "star-crossed" might work.
Serendipitous doesn't have a "proper" antonym is because a word that was invented/created in 1754 (per wikipedia - credit to user96494). It was coined by Horace Walpole in a letter. , so it has no etymology and therefor no real antonym. This is also why it is so hard to translate into other languages.
Wikipedia offers "zemblanity" as an antonym: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serendipity
Makes sense, but it doesn't roll as pleasantly off the tongue as "serendipity" does; then again, it's not nearly as pleasant an experience.
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