[stahr-krawst, -krost]
"Star-crossed" or "star-crossed lovers" is a phrase describing a pair of lovers whose relationship is said to be doomed from the start. The phrase is astrological in origin, and is best known from the play Romeo and Juliet by the Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare.

Star-crossed in Shakespeare

The phrase was coined in the prologue of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet:
"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, / a pair of star-cross'd lovers, take their life.

It also refers to destiny and the inevitability of the two characters' paths crossing each other. It also usually means unlucky, since Romeo and Juliet's affair ended tragically.

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