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  1. destined, as though by fate, to an unhappy or unfortunate end: an ill-fated voyage.
  2. bringing bad fortune.
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Origin of ill-fated

First recorded in 1700–10


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1. doomed, hapless, ill-starred, jinxed.
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  • 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

    Rafael Sabatini

  • “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.

  • 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)

British Dictionary definitions for ill-fated


  1. doomed or unluckyan ill-fated marriage
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