Looking for word to describe something extremely rare, specifically lightning striking twice. Is there any word for this?

  • a freak occurrence?
    – Smock
    Jun 17, 2019 at 9:06

2 Answers 2


If you're looking for an idiomatic way to say this, you've hit the nail on the head!

The phrase:

Lightning doesn't strike twice.

Often is used to say that it's unlikely that the same thing will happen again. Def.

Other suitable phrases are:

  • Chance Event
  • Accident
  • Coincidence
  • Fluke
  • Surprise
  • Freak Occurrence (as @Smock mentioned)

Please note, these aren't entirely interchangeable, so it is worth looking them up to make sure you are using the best one for the situation you're trying to describe.

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    +1 Good answer.
    – Astralbee
    Jun 17, 2019 at 9:52

All the words in @Bee's answer are great, and focus on the meaning of being statistically unlikely. If you are looking for a word to carry the shock or surprise of such an incident then perhaps also consider:

  • Incredible
  • Inconceivable
  • Extraordinary
  • Unheard-of
  • Unimaginable
  • Unthinkable

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