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[il-stahrd] /ˈɪlˈstɑrd/
doomed to misfortune or disaster; ill-fated; unlucky:
an ill-starred enterprise.
an ill-starred marriage.
Origin of ill-starred
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Almost every day of that ill-starred vacation it stormed fiercely; and even on fine days it drifted unceasingly.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The Corsican expedition was quite as ill-starred as the French.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Pompey, ambitious, ill-starred, fights losing battles everywhere.

    Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1 Francis Marion Crawford
  • "My ill-starred novel—my story of Aberdeen Hall," she laughed.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Meditating upon the fate of this ill-starred red man, I communed with mine own inner consciousness.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • George Godolphin knew that he alluded to the ill-starred Nick.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The first intimation that ill-starred gentleman received of the untoward turn affairs were taking was from the Rector himself.

    Elster's Folly Mrs. Henry Wood
  • She had no clear ideas, no logic from the other ill-starred home.

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton
  • It was along this road that we fell in with Captain Chipman's ill-starred train of Mormon emigrants.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • Nothing more was said of the affair, nor of the ill-starred Maria Clara.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
British Dictionary definitions for ill-starred


unlucky; unfortunate; ill-fated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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