[ il-fey-tid ]
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  1. destined, as though by fate, to an unhappy or unfortunate end: an ill-fated voyage.

  2. bringing bad fortune.

Origin of ill-fated

First recorded in 1700–10

Other words for ill-fated

Words Nearby ill-fated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ill-fated in a sentence

  • "It is ill-fated;" and Alessandro blamed himself for having forgotten her only association with the name.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • How little did she realize the long drawn-out agony that was even then beginning for her sisters in that ill-fated entrenchment!

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • Then we were again in motion, and the ill-fated town of Karinjah, now a heap of smouldering ruins, was soon far behind us.

    Confessions of a Thug | Philip Meadows Taylor
  • I was one of the 109 Union officers who passed through the tunnel, and one of the ill-fated 48 that were retaken.

  • After the ill-fated revolt of the Mountain on June 13, there was no hope of diversion from the republicans at Paris.

    The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King

British Dictionary definitions for ill-fated


  1. doomed or unlucky: an ill-fated marriage

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