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Hi friends! Could you tell me the difference between "ill- fate" and “star-crossed"?

Hi friend! Could you tell me the difference between "ill- fate" and “star-crossed",please?

Jan 13, 2015 1:35 AM
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ill-fated means to have bad luck. For example;


Johb had somehow survived his first ill-fated trip and was now returning on a second mission to the same city.


star-crossed has a positive meaning. It is used almost exclusively for the expression "star-crossed lovers" which means two lovers that were brought together by fate.

Kind of like 緣分 for lovers.

January 13, 2015

But if you read Shakespear's Romeo & Juliet he uses the phrase 'star crossed lovers' to describe their meeting, but they do not meet a good fate in the end.

January 15, 2015

Thanks so much Benjamin. So "star-crossed lover" means two lover that were brought by fate.

But their fate are good or bad? Do it matter?

January 13, 2015

Their fate is good.

January 15, 2015
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