[stahr-krawst, -krost]


thwarted or opposed by the stars; ill-fated: star-crossed lovers.

Origin of star-crossed

First recorded in 1585–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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dogged by ill luck; destined to misfortune

Word Origin for star-crossed

C16: from cross (in the sense: thwart): so called because of the astrological belief that the stars affect people's destinies
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