- doomed to misfortune or disaster; ill-fated; unlucky: an ill-starred enterprise.
- disastrous: an ill-starred marriage.
Origin of ill-starred
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for ill-starred
"My ill-starred novel—my story of Aberdeen Hall," she laughed.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
The Corsican expedition was quite as ill-starred as the French.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
George Godolphin knew that he alluded to the ill-starred Nick.The Shadow of Ashlydyat
Mrs. Henry Wood
The less said about this splendid but ill-starred effort the better.
She had no clear ideas, no logic from the other ill-starred home.Bannertail
Ernest Thompson Seton
- unlucky; unfortunate; ill-fated