Synonyms & Antonyms of fate

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a state or end that seemingly has been decided beforehand
  • the belief that it was this country's fate to extend from sea to sea

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2 a condition or occurrence traceable to a cause
  • the fate of the presidential election hinged on a few thousand votes in a single state

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3 the permanent stopping of all the vital bodily activities
  • he met his fate in a tragic highway accident

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Synonyms of fate (Entry 2 of 2)

to determine the fate of in advance
  • the warning that the lack of an advanced education will fate a person to a lifetime of below-average earnings

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How is the word fate distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of fate are destiny, doom, lot, and portion. While all these words mean "a predetermined state or end," fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome.

the fate of the submarine is unknown

When is it sensible to use destiny instead of fate?

The words destiny and fate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

Where would doom be a reasonable alternative to fate?

The synonyms doom and fate are sometimes interchangeable, but doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate.

if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain

How do lot and portion relate to one another, in the sense of fate?

Both lot and portion imply a distribution by fate or destiny, lot suggesting blind chance.

it was her lot to die childless

In what contexts can portion take the place of fate?

While in some cases nearly identical to fate, portion implies the apportioning of good and evil.

remorse was his daily portion

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The first known use of fate was in the 14th century

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“Fate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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