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ill-starred

[ il-stahrd ]

adjective

  1. doomed to misfortune or disaster; ill-fated; unlucky:

    an ill-starred enterprise.

  2. disastrous:

    an ill-starred marriage.



ill-starred

adjective

  1. unlucky; unfortunate; ill-fated


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Word History and Origins

Origin of ill-starred1

First recorded in 1595–1605

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Example Sentences

He chiefly divided his time between the House of Lords and sitting at home, lamenting over his own ill-starred existence.

The settlement no doubt was influenced by the imminence of a large expansion of policy—the ill-starred Irish expedition.

These ill-starred men, a prey to a sort of delirium, ran to their huts and gathered up the little that they possessed.

One of these was the house of Colette; and at his door our ill-starred John was presently beating for admittance.

They knew that it meant harder fighting than he supposed, and they dreaded a repetition of his earlier ill-starred risings.

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