Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

ill–fated

play
adjective ill–fat·ed \ˈil-ˈfā-təd\

Simple Definition of ill–fated

  • : ending in disaster : very unlucky

Full Definition of ill–fated

  1. 1 :  having or destined to a hapless fate :  unfortunate <an ill–fated expedition>

  2. 2 :  that causes or marks the beginning of misfortune

1710

First Known Use of ill–fated

1710


Learn More about ill–fated

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "ill–fated"


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ill–fated? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds 100 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ