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  1. doomed to misfortune or disaster; ill-fated; unlucky: an ill-starred enterprise.
  2. disastrous: an ill-starred marriage.
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Origin of ill-starred

First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for ill-starred

Historical Examples

  • "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 less said about this splendid but ill-starred effort the better.

  • She had no clear ideas, no logic from the other ill-starred home.


    Ernest Thompson Seton

British Dictionary definitions for ill-starred


  1. unlucky; unfortunate; ill-fated
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