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What's the antonym of "serendipitous"? I couldn't find any anywhere.

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...Unfortunate? –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Aug 30 '12 at 19:24
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First, look for the synonyms of "serendipitous", then for antonyms of the results. –  Mark Beadles Aug 30 '12 at 19:25
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Weird, thesaurus.com/browse/serendipitous?s=t lists all manner of antonyms (which apply to the other definition of "beneficial, favorable", as well). –  Zairja Aug 30 '12 at 19:26
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It depends on which part of the term you want to oppose - the accidental or the beneficial aspects. –  bib Aug 30 '12 at 19:43
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Spot on, bib. 'Serendipitous' is a word whose meaning involves both the aspects you mention, and as this is, off the top of my head, quite unusual, excepting compound words, it is unlikely that a word carrying both opposite aspects exists. This property is not polysemy, where one word is used with different but related senses in different contexts - it is a word carrying different aspects in a single context. –  Edwin Ashworth Aug 30 '12 at 22:01

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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.

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Did you mean antonym instead of acronym? –  Robusto Aug 30 '12 at 19:36
    
Yes, yes I did. Thank you for catching that! –  Kelly Tessena Keck Aug 30 '12 at 20:02
    
What does "star-crossed" mean? –  qazwsx Aug 30 '12 at 20:22
    
Cursed, fated for bad things. Like Romeo and Juliet being described as "star-crossed lovers" –  Kelly Tessena Keck Aug 30 '12 at 20:28
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"Star-crossed" doesn't mean fated for bad things in that context; it simply means blocked or thwarted by bad luck. –  Robusto Aug 30 '12 at 21:46

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