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destiny

[des-tuh-nee]
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noun, plural des·ti·nies.
  1. something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune.
  2. the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events.
  3. the power or agency that determines the course of events.
  4. (initial capital letter) this power personified or represented as a goddess.
  5. the Destinies, the Fates.
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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

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1. fate, karma, kismet. 2. future. See fate.
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  • May the powers that guide our destiny, preserve you from any real cause for shame.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

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

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

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

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Miss Milbrey had put herself bravely in the path of Destiny.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • So you know your destiny; and have nothing to do but to yield to it.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for destiny

destiny

noun plural -nies
  1. the future destined for a person or thing; fate; fortune; lot
  2. the predetermined or inevitable course of events
  3. the ultimate power or agency that predetermines the course of events
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French destinee, from destiner to destine

Destiny

noun plural -nies
  1. the power that predetermines events, personified as a goddess
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Word Origin and History for destiny

n.

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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