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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Definitions for star-crossed

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

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Citations for star-crossed
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/ A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life… William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1597
Heartbroken, star-crossed, he related flatly that ten years ago to the day, his first Grable collection and all memorabilia was similarly done in by a fire. Beverly Linet and Marjorie Rosen, "Huff-Buffs and the Ephemera Mystique," New York, August 16, 1971
Origin of star-crossed
The earliest citation of star-crossed comes from William Shakespeare in the late 1500s, although the word star had been used to refer to celestial bodes that exercised influence on human affairs as early as the 1200s. By the 1600s, star had an expanded sense of "a person's destiny, fortune, temperament, etc., regarded as influenced and determined by the stars."