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destiny

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noun des·ti·ny \ˈdes-tə-nē\

Simple Definition of destiny

  • : what happens in the future : the things that someone or something will experience in the future

  • : a power that is believed to control what happens in the future

Full Definition of destiny

plural des·ti·nies

  1. 1 :  something to which a person or thing is destined :  fortune <wants to control his own destiny>

  2. 2 :  a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency

Examples of destiny

  1. They believed it was their destiny to be together.

  2. motivated by a sense of destiny



Origin of destiny

Middle English destinee, from Anglo-French, from feminine of destiné, past participle of destiner


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of destiny

fate, destiny, lot, portion, doom mean a predetermined state or end. fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome <the fate of the submarine is unknown>. destiny implies something foreordained and often suggests a great or noble course or end <the country's destiny to be a model of liberty to the world>. lot and portion imply a distribution by fate or destiny, lot suggesting blind chance <it was her lot to die childless>, portion implying the apportioning of good and evil <remorse was his daily portion>. doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate <if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain>.


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