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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
jjohn
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