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star-crossed lovers

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star-crossed lovers definition

Lovers whose relationship is doomed to fail are said to be “star-crossed” (frustrated by the stars), because those who believe in astrology claim that the stars control human destiny. William Shakespeare used the phrase to describe the lovers in Romeo and Juliet.

star-crossed lovers definition

A phrase from the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet are so described in the prologue to the play.

Note: “Star-crossed lovers” refers to any lovers whose affection for each other is doomed to end in tragedy.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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  • This was but the beginning of the tragedy of this pair of star-crossed lovers.

    Tales from Shakespeare Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
  • Many at the baptizing remembered the first meeting of the two star-crossed lovers one autumn day long ago on Blackberry Creek.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas

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