Definition of star-crossed in US English:

star-crossed

adjective

literary
  • (of a person or a plan) thwarted by bad luck.

    • ‘Kathleen McAuliffe and Michael Rudder steal the show as the elderly star-crossed lovers.’
    • ‘Were Heloise and Abelard just another pair of star-crossed lovers, consumed by a passion that was doomed to end in tragedy?’
    • ‘This classic tale of star-crossed lovers is performed in the open-air with the magnificent backdrop of Titchfield Abbey.’
    • ‘‘The history has been unfortunate but the history of humanity is full of star-crossed lovers who have found life difficult,’ he said.’
    • ‘But, star-crossed lovers as we are, fate has cruelly intervened and given us tickets for different days.’
    ill-fated, doomed, blighted, ill-omened, foredoomed, infelicitous
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Origin

First used by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet (1597).

Pronunciation

star-crossed

/ˈstɑr ˌkrɔst/