Synonyms & Antonyms of portion

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1 a state or end that seemingly has been decided beforehand
  • he had always just assumed that lifelong bachelorhood would be his portion

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2 one of the pieces from which something is designed to be assembled
  • equal portions of the students' day are devoted to study, recreation, and sleep

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3 something belonging to, due to, or contributed by an individual member of a group
  • each camper gets an equal portion of the food

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Synonyms & Antonyms of portion (Entry 2 of 2)

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How is the word portion distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of portion are destiny, doom, fate, and lot. While all these words mean "a predetermined state or end," portion implies the apportioning of good and evil.

remorse was his daily portion

When might destiny be a better fit than portion?

The synonyms destiny and portion are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

In what contexts can doom take the place of portion?

Although the words doom and portion have much in common, doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate.

if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain

When could fate be used to replace portion?

The meanings of fate and portion largely overlap; however, fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome.

the fate of the submarine is unknown

How are the words lot and portion related?

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

it was her lot to die childless

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

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“Portion.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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