Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Ill-fated; unlucky. synonym: unfortunate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Under the influence of an evil star; hence, fated to be unfortunate; ill-omened.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Fated to be unfortunate; unlucky.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective doomed to a bad fate; hapless

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

  • adjective marked by or promising bad fortune

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Examples

  • As we read on to learn the characters' uncertain fates and the outcome of an assortment of thwarted or ill-starred romances, the novel is so enjoyable that it's easy to miss the more serious moral questions Goodman means to ask.

    The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman – review

  • He had an ill-starred spell in August, too, when Ipswich let in 12 goals in two games.

    In-form Crystal Palace seal away win to steal Ipswich Town's mantle | Jeremy Alexander

  • Canada's DMCA: unnecessary, ill-starred and doomed - Boing Boing

    Boing Boing

  • The other is Queen Catherine Parr, who had been his friend before she had the dubious honor of becoming the last of Henry VIII's six, mostly ill-starred wives.

    Chasing justice in Henry VIII's England

  • By 2012, Palin will be among the smallest footnotes of American political history, but you have to give her credit: she certainly helped sink the ill-starred candidacy of John McCain.

    First on the Ticker: Palin will not run for re-election

  • Canada's DMCA: unnecessary, ill-starred and doomed - Boing Boing

    Boing Boing

  • Canada's DMCA: unnecessary, ill-starred and doomed - Boing Boing

    Boing Boing

  • But he has now recollected, one assumes through a careful review of his files, that he did indeed transmit warnings to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, although it is unclear whether Peter MacKay or the ill-starred Maxime Bernier held that office at the time.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Canada's DMCA: unnecessary, ill-starred and doomed - Boing Boing

    Boing Boing

  • The other is Queen Catherine Parr, who had been his friend before she had the dubious honor of becoming the last of Henry VIII's six, mostly ill-starred wives.

    Chasing justice in Henry VIII's England

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