noun des·ti·ny \ˈdes-tə-nē\

: 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

plural des·ti·nies

Full Definition of DESTINY

:  something to which a person or thing is destined :  fortune <wants to control his own destiny>
:  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>.
DESTINIES Defined for Kids


noun des·ti·ny \ˈde-stə-nē\
plural des·ti·nies

Definition of DESTINY for Kids

:  what happens to someone or something in the future <You can decide your own destiny.>
:  the course of events believed to be controlled by a superhuman power
:  a power that is believed to control the future


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