ill-starred ill-fated, disastrous, *unlucky, unfortunate, calamitous, luckless, hapless
Analogous words: malefic, malign, baleful, *sinister: *ominous, portentous, fateful

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  • Ill-starred — a. Fated to be unfortunate; unlucky; as, an ill starred man or day. Syn: ill fated, ill omened, unlucky. [1913 Webster WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ill-starred — adj literary unlucky and likely to cause or experience a lot of problems or unhappiness ▪ an ill starred love affair …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ill-starred — ill′ starred′ adj. unlucky; ill fated • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • ill-starred — index ominous, portentous (ominous) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ill-starred — [ ,ıl stard ] adjective MAINLY LITERARY not lucky and likely to fail, cause problems, or have problems …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ill-starred — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unlucky …   English terms dictionary

  • ill-starred — [il′stärd′] adj. [< astrological notion of being born or conceived under an evil star] unlucky or doomed to disaster …   English World dictionary

  • ill-starred — /il stahrd /, adj. 1. doomed to misfortune or disaster; ill fated; unlucky: an ill starred enterprise. 2. disastrous: an ill starred marriage. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

  • ill-starred — ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe something or someone as ill starred, you mean that they were unlucky or unsuccessful. [LITERARY] ill starred attempt to create jobs in Northern Ireland …   English dictionary

  • ill-starred — adjective marked by or promising bad fortune (Freq. 3) their business venture was doomed from the start an ill fated business venture an ill starred romance the unlucky prisoner was again put in irons W.H.Prescott • Syn: ↑doomed, ↑ill f …   Useful english dictionary

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