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Manifest Destiny

the belief or doctrine, held chiefly in the middle and latter part of the 19th century, that it was the destiny of the U.S. to expand its territory over the whole of North America and to extend and enhance its political, social, and economic influences.
Origin of Manifest Destiny
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It warns the local hidalgos that the closed doors of the West must yield to the daring touch of the American—-Manifest Destiny.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • "I suppose it's the Manifest Destiny of a woman," replied her sister, quietly.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • Diego Columbus devoutly decided that it was Manifest Destiny that Cuba should belong to Spain.

    Hernando Cortez John S. C. Abbott
  • It at once became apparent to me as a piece of Manifest Destiny that I must do it.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • The others did not care to follow his example, but quietly submitted to Manifest Destiny.

    Mosby's War Reminiscences John Singleton Mosby
  • Manifest Destiny was misread by even the wisest of our grandfathers.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • No Manifest Destiny led them to seek for wealth, applause or gain, beyond the limits of their narrow bounds.

British Dictionary definitions for Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny

(esp in the 19th-century US) the belief that the US was a chosen land that had been allotted the entire North American continent by God
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Manifest Destiny in Culture

manifest destiny definition

A popular slogan of the 1840s. It was used by people who believed that the United States was destined — by God, some said — to expand across North America to the Pacific Ocean. The idea of manifest destiny was used to justify the acquisition of Oregon and large parts of the Southwest, including California. (See Mexican War.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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