destiny

noun des·ti·ny \ ˈdes-tə-nē \

Definition of destiny

plural destinies
1 :something to which a person or thing is destined :fortune
  • wants to control his own destiny
2 :a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency
  • felt that destiny would determine their future

Examples of destiny in a Sentence

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

  2. motivated by a sense of destiny

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Origin and Etymology of destiny

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

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

DESTINY Defined for English Language Learners

destiny

noun

Definition of destiny for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DESTINY Defined for Kids

destiny

noun des·ti·ny \ ˈde-stə-nē \

Definition of destiny for Students

plural destinies
1 :what happens to someone or something in the future
  • You can decide your own destiny.
2 :the course of events believed to be controlled by a superhuman power
3 :a power that is believed to control the future


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