Anan·​ke | \ əˈnaŋ(ˌ)kē, -anˌkē \
plural -s

Definition of Ananke

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

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First Known Use of Ananke

circa 1642, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ananke

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

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“Ananke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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