- subject to, guided by, or predetermined by fate; destined.
Origin of fated
- something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot: It is always his fate to be left behind.
- the universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed; the decreed cause of events; time: Fate decreed that they would never meet again.
- that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny: Death is our ineluctable fate.
- a prophetic declaration of what must be: The oracle pronounced their fate.
- death, destruction, or ruin.
- the Fates, Classical Mythology. the three goddesses of destiny, known to the Greeks as the Moerae and to the Romans as the Parcae.
- to predetermine, as by the decree of fate; destine (used in the passive): a person who was fated to be the savior of the country.
Origin of fate
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Related Wordsdoomed, predetermined, destined, impending, preordained, predestined, foreordained, imminent, inescapable, inevitable, unavoidable
Examples from the Web for fated
Fated to die in the end like all the others he describes himself as “the saddest man in the world… infinitely sad.”How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil In My House
September 28, 2014
All of which raises the question, is the era of free capital movement just a bubble, fated to end one of these years, maybe soon?What's the Matter With Capital Flows?
March 18, 2013
Nor is it fated that Israelis and Palestinians on both sides of the border live in perpetual fear.Doing The Unthinkable
November 20, 2012
Today, they have shown their detractors that they are not fated to live under the rule of strongmen.Why Egypt's Naysayers Got It Wrong
February 12, 2011
Yiyun Li is a phenomenal writer whose rapid if convoluted rise to literary prominence seems both accidental and fated.China's Chekhov
September 22, 2010
Whichever it was, that was all that I was fated to see or hear of the Opera.The Bacillus of Beauty
To Hondscio then was that harassing deadly, his fall there was fated.Beowulf
I suppose that these things may be regarded as fated,—and I think that they are well.Apology
No matter where I went, on land or water, I was fated to meet these two.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
For under a cloud Flora de Barral was fated to be even at sea.Chance
- doomed to death or destruction
- the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events
- the inevitable fortune that befalls a person or thing; destiny
- the end or final result
- a calamitous or unfavourable outcome or result; death, destruction, or downfall
- (tr; usually passive) to predetermine; doomhe was fated to lose the game
Word Origin and History for fated
late 14c., from Latin fata, neuter plural of fatum "prophetic declaration, oracle, prediction," thus "that which is ordained, destiny, fate," literally "thing spoken (by the gods)," from neuter past participle of fari "to speak," from PIE *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)).
The Latin sense evolution is from "sentence of the Gods" (Greek theosphaton) to "lot, portion" (Greek moira, personified as a goddess in Homer), also "one of the three goddesses (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) who determined the course of a human life." The native word was wyrd (see weird).
"to preordain as if by fate; to be destined by fate," c.1600, from fate (n.). Related: Fated; fating. Earlier it meant "to destroy" (c.1400).
Idioms and Phrases with fated
In addition to the idioms beginning with fate
- fate worse than death, a
- seal one's fate
- tempt fate