accident


accident
accident 1 *quality, character, attribute, property
Analogous words: mark, *sign, note, badge, token, symptom: characteristic, peculiarity (see corresponding adjectives at CHARACTERISTIC)
Antonyms: substance (in philosophy)
2 *chance, hazard, luck, fortune, hap
Analogous words: contingency, fortuity, adventitiousness (see corresponding adjectives at ACCIDENTAL)
Antonyms: design, intent
Contrasted words: calculation, circumspection (see under CAUTIOUS): *plan, plot, project, scheme: *intention, purpose
3 Accident, casualty, mishap are synonyms when they designate chance or a chance event bringing injury or loss.
Accident is broadest in its application, being used of events that involve persons or things, or injuries or losses, serious or slight
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he was crippled by the accident

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a railway accident

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owing to an accident to the machines one department was closed down

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Casualty commonly implies destruction, especially of life, and is chiefly applied to an individual whose death, serious injury, or even desertion constitutes a loss to a military (or similar) force engaged in hazardous activities
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the regiment suffered heavy casualties

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As applied to insurance accident and casualty are usually distinguished: accident insurance is a provision against injury to oneself through accident; casualty insurance is a provision for indemnification for loss from accident (as fire or burglary) and especially for damages incurred through one’s liability for injury or loss to others.
Mishap as a rule is applied only to slight accidents, especially those involving disappointment or frustration
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a day seldom passes without one mishap or another

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Analogous words: *disaster, catastrophe: mischance, *misfortune, mishap

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  • Accident, MD — U.S. town in Maryland Population (2000): 353 Housing Units (2000): 162 Land area (2000): 0.496408 sq. miles (1.285690 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.496408 sq. miles (1.285690 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • accident — Accident, m. acut. proprement prins est ce qui advient à la substance, et departir s en peut sans le deperissement d icelle, comme, blancheur, curvature, et semblables. On en use aussi pour cas desastreux, malencontres et infortunes. Selon ce on… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse


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