manifest destiny

noun, often capitalized M&D

Definition of manifest destiny

: a future event accepted as inevitable in the mid-19th century expansion to the Pacific was regarded as the Manifest Destiny of the United States broadly : an ostensibly benevolent or necessary policy of imperialistic expansion

Examples of manifest destiny in a Sentence

They were living in a time when expansion to the Pacific was regarded by many people as the Manifest Destiny of the United States.
Recent Examples on the Web Healing the Klamath means unspooling the bitter legacy of manifest destiny, and returning the river to a more natural state. Popular Science, "They tried to tame the Klamath River. They filled it with toxic algae instead.," 29 July 2020 Healing the Klamath means unspooling the bitter legacy of manifest destiny, and returning the river to a more natural state. Popular Science, "They tried to tame the Klamath River. They filled it with toxic algae instead.," 29 July 2020 Healing the Klamath means unspooling the bitter legacy of manifest destiny, and returning the river to a more natural state. Popular Science, "They tried to tame the Klamath River. They filled it with toxic algae instead.," 29 July 2020 Healing the Klamath means unspooling the bitter legacy of manifest destiny, and returning the river to a more natural state. Jeremy Deaton, Scientific American, "Trying to Tame the Klamath River Filled It with Toxic Algae," 10 Aug. 2020 To many Americans today, the type of manual household labor that Matchar describes seems like a relic of the early United States, of a time of homesteading, westward expansion, and manifest destiny. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "The Weird Retro-Futurism of Pandemic Life," 25 June 2020 Ultimately, Spencer contributed almost a hundred articles to The Popular Science Monthly, championing the manifest destiny of the scientific method, whose territory, Youmans announced, was inexorably expanding. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, "Just Use Your Thinking Pump!," 17 June 2020 All the believers in manifest destiny, and the white man’s burden, and a thousand conspiracy theories, going all the way back to Jamestown and Plymouth Colony. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "Losing My Religion," 30 Mar. 2020 All the believers in manifest destiny, and the white man’s burden, and a thousand conspiracy theories, going all the way back to Jamestown and Plymouth Colony. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "Losing My Religion," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of manifest destiny

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Manifest destiny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manifest%20destiny. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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manifest destiny

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manifest destiny

formal : a future event that is sure to happen : a destiny that can be clearly seen and that cannot be changed

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