from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Destined for misfortune; doomed.
  • adj. Marked by or causing misfortune; unlucky. See Synonyms at unfortunate.

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  • adj. Unlucky; doomed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. marked by or promising bad fortune; unsuccessful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bringing bad fortune.
  • Having bad fortune.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by or promising bad fortune


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From ill- +‎ fated.


  • Referring to the ill-fated takeover of the Mavi Marmara by Israeli commandos, Aznar said in 2010 that the world must support Israel because "if it goes down, we all go down."

    Dovid Efune: Top 10 Non-Jews Positively Influencing The Jewish Future

  • The OPEN sign is off for good at Olives Cafe & Wine Bar aka the ill-fated Il Buffone in downtown Edmonds.

    The Seattle Times

  • The layoffs comes less than three months after H-P's ill-fated TouchPad, touted as a competitor to Apple Inc.'s iPad, first went on sale.

    H-P Starts Layoffs in WebOS Unit

  • Hewlett-Packard Co. raised eyebrows last month when it slashed the price of its ill-fated tablet computer less than two months after it hit the market.

    RIM Loses More Ground

  • The cash equities, equity capital markets and mergers-and-acquisitions units—legacies of the ill-fated 2007 acquisition of ABN Amro—are currently loss-making and will be closed or sold.

    RBS Bids to Shrink to Glory

  • Like the ill-fated British Light Brigade's charge against the Russians in the Crimean War, Pittsburgh's strategy was a suicide mission.

    Breaking Down the NFL's Best Weekend

  • Last fall, Laura Benanti played a Playboy bunny on the ill-fated NBC show "The Playboy Club."

    A Former Bunny Takes Up Ukulele

  • Shortly after the ill-fated acquisition of ABN Amro in 2007, RBS had to be bailed out by the U.K. government, which pumped £45.5 billion $70.5 billion into the lender.

    RBS Set to Reveal Cuts

  • Both Paul and Rep. Giffords had unwillingly joined a large, ill-fated club: people of all ages with traumatic brain injuries.

    Diane Ackerman: What My Husband and Gabrielle Giffords Share

  • Bin Laden knew that the inevitable large-scale killings of civilians and blatant neo-imperialist agenda inherent in such ill-fated efforts would radicalize a whole new generation of extremists to bin Laden's cult-like heresy in the name of Islam.

    Stephen Zunes: The Killing of Bin Laden and the Threat of Al Qaeda


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