Accident Of Birth Meaning
(idiomatic) A fact, situation, or personal characteristic, which may be desirable or undesirable, resulting from the circumstances into which a person was born, and which is therefore entirely beyond their control.
Example: 1899, Charles W. Chesnutt, "Uncle Wellington's Wives" in The Wife of his Youth and Other Stories:
[H]e said to himself that he was a very good-looking man, and could have adorned a much higher sphere in life than that in which the accident of birth had placed him.
1910, William MacLeod Raine, A Texas Ranger, ch. 4:
"You're no brother of mine," she broke in. "At most it is an accident of birth I disown. I'll have no relationship with you of any sort."
1915, Rex Ellingwood Beach, Heart of the Sunset, ch. 9:
An accident of birth had made him a citizen of the United Statesâ€”his father having owned a ranch which lay north instead of south of the Rio Grande.