plural -s
Greek religion
: a personification of compelling necessity or ultimate fate to which even the gods must yield

Word History


Greek Anankē, from anankē necessity; akin to Old Irish écen necessity, need, Welsh angen, Cornish & Breton anken

First Known Use

circa 1642, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ananke was circa 1642

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“Ananke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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