fate

[feyt]
noun
  1. something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot: It is always his fate to be left behind.
  2. 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.
  3. that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny: Death is our ineluctable fate.
  4. a prophetic declaration of what must be: The oracle pronounced their fate.
  5. death, destruction, or ruin.
  6. the Fates, Classical Mythology. the three goddesses of destiny, known to the Greeks as the Moerae and to the Romans as the Parcae.
verb (used with object), fat·ed, fat·ing.
  1. 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

1325–75; Middle English < Latin fātum utterance, decree of fate, destiny, orig. neuter of fātus, past participle of fārī to speak
Can be confusedfate fete (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for fate

1. karma, kismet; chance, luck. Fate, destiny, doom refer to the idea of a fortune, usually adverse, that is predetermined and inescapable. The three words are frequently interchangeable. Fate stresses the irrationality and impersonal character of events: It was Napoleon's fate to be exiled. The word is often lightly used, however: It was my fate to meet her that very afternoon. Destiny emphasizes the idea of an unalterable course of events, and is often used of a propitious fortune: It was his destiny to save his nation. Doom especially applies to the final ending, always unhappy or terrible, brought about by destiny or fate: He met his doom bravely. 7. foreordain, preordain.
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Fates

pl n
  1. Greek myth the three goddesses who control the destinies of the lives of man, which are likened to skeins of thread that they spin, measure out, and at last cutSee Atropos, Clotho, Lachesis
  2. Norse myth the NornsSee Norn 1

fate

noun
  1. the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events
  2. the inevitable fortune that befalls a person or thing; destiny
  3. the end or final result
  4. a calamitous or unfavourable outcome or result; death, destruction, or downfall
verb
  1. (tr; usually passive) to predetermine; doomhe was fated to lose the game

Word Origin for fate

C14: from Latin fātum oracular utterance, from fārī to speak
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Word Origin and History for fates

fate

n.

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).

fate

v.

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fates

fate

In addition to the idioms beginning with fate

  • fate worse than death, a

also see:

  • seal one's fate
  • tempt fate
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