- destined, as though by fate, to an unhappy or unfortunate end: an ill-fated voyage.
- bringing bad fortune.
Origin of ill-fated
First recorded in 1700–10
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1. doomed, hapless, ill-starred, jinxed.
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Examples from the Web for ill-fated
There was the ill-fated reelection campaign of Senator Kay Hagan in North Carolina, who lost to Republican Thom Tillis.Latinos Aren’t a ‘Cheap Date’ for Democrats Anymore
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November 11, 2014
Perry has associated with Barbour since at least 2012, when Barbour served on his ill-fated but memorable presidential campaign.Tea Party Unloads on 'Complete Imbecile' Rick Perry
September 4, 2014
This appears to glorify a crime,” said Cheek, “as does the apparent emphasis on their illegal and ill-fated invasion.The Never-Ending Falklands War: In Buenos Aires, A Museum's Selective History
August 30, 2014
Republicans cast her ill-fated health care policy task force as a “shadow government.”Everyone Sees the Hillary They Want to See
June 17, 2014
Up until his ill-fated Republican presidential primary run, Perry had never lost an election in his entire life.Can Rick Perry Get A Second Chance With GOP Voters In 2016
March 29, 2014
A seeker for omens might have said that the heavens were weeping over our ill-fated venture.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
"Ill-fated, indeed, an all accounts be true," returned Crispin in a maudlin voice.The Tavern Knight
“There passed the last of an ill-fated line,” said the lawyer, reflectively.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
He also conversed with the ill-fated Agamemnon, Patroclus, and Achilles.Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome
They were at least 2000 yards in front of the ill-fated A Battery, and must have been captured.Pushed and the Return Push
George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
- doomed or unluckyan ill-fated marriage