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.

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Since the late 15th century, the church provided Moscow’s rulers with a political theology of manifest destiny, asserting that Moscow had become the Second Jerusalem and the Third Rome (Constantinople being the second). Michael Khodarkovsky, WSJ, "Russia Wages a Religious War Against Ukraine," 30 Sep. 2018 The frontier as a symbol not of manifest destiny but of man’s idiocy? Ty Burr,, "‘Damsel’ takes the western to unusual places," 27 June 2018 For his part, Foles has said the right things about not being set free to pursue his manifest destiny as a starter. Bob Ford,, "Eagles know when to hold 'em, know when to Foles 'em | Bob Ford," 28 May 2018 To manifest destiny’s proponents, to doubt the inevitability of technological and social progress via the railroad was tantamount to doubting the will of God. Ingrid Burrington, The Atlantic, "New Mexico’s Sad Bet on Space Exploration," 2 Mar. 2018 Men who arrived in California on the premise of discovery, self-realization, and manifest destiny tilled the arid soil on which his studio was built. Hilary Hughes, Esquire, "Devils in the Details: 50 Years of Pet Sounds and Blonde on Blonde," 16 May 2016 Its blue skies are clouded by the specter of the next great territory of manifest destiny: the Internet. Vogue, "Lady Bird Shows Us a Different Side of California Dreaming," 2 Nov. 2017 Like manifest destiny, small, independent breweries have spread across the U.S., becoming a coast-to-coast phenomenon. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Craft beer reigns in Calif., Colo., and Oregon, but flows nationwide," 3 Oct. 2017

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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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