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[stahr-krawst, -krost] /ˈstɑrˌkrɔst, -ˌkrɒst/
thwarted or opposed by the stars; ill-fated:
star-crossed lovers.
Origin of star-crossed
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • star-crossed always, doomed, fated always to be upset by such unforeseen evil chances!

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for star-crossed


dogged by ill luck; destined to misfortune
Word Origin
C16: from cross (in the sense: thwart): so called because of the astrological belief that the stars affect people's destinies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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