One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or a plan) thwarted by bad luck.
ill-fated, doomed, blighted, ill-omened, foredoomed, infelicitousView synonyms
- ‘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.’
First used by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet (1597).
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