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[des-tuh-nee] /ˈdɛs tə ni/
noun, plural destinies.
something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune.
the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events.
the power or agency that determines the course of events.
(initial capital letter) this power personified or represented as a goddess.
the Destinies, the Fates.
Origin of destiny
1275-1325; Middle English destinee < Old French (noun use of past participle of destiner) < Latin dēstināta, feminine past participle of dēstināre. See destine, -ee
1. fate, karma, kismet. 2. future. See fate. Unabridged
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  • May the powers that guide our destiny, preserve you from any real cause for shame.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Let me hear from your own lips the words that must decide my destiny.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • That graceful maiden is too lovely for any destiny meaner than a royal marriage.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Miss Milbrey had put herself bravely in the path of destiny.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • They do not change the nature of truth and her capability and destiny to benefit mankind.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for destiny


noun (pl) -nies
the future destined for a person or thing; fate; fortune; lot
the predetermined or inevitable course of events
the ultimate power or agency that predetermines the course of events
Word Origin
C14: from Old French destinee, from destiner to destine


noun (pl) -nies
the power that predetermines events, personified as a goddess
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Word Origin and History for destiny

mid-14c., from Old French destinée (12c.) "purpose, intent, fate, destiny; that which is destined," noun use of fem. past participle of destiner, from Latin destinare "make firm, establish" (see destination). The sense is of "that which has been firmly established," as by fate.

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