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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Definitions for moira

  1. (among ancient Greeks) a person's fate or destiny.
  2. Classical Mythology. (initial capital letter) a. the personification of fate. b. Moirai, the Fates.
  3. (initial capital letter) a female given name.

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Citations for moira
Everyone has a moira that "spins the thread" of one's fate, the day of death. Barry B. Powell, "Introduction" The Iliad by Homer, 2014
Hermes tells Calypso that 'it is not his [Odysseus'] aisa to perish far away from his loved ones, but it is still his moira to see his loved ones and reach his high-roofed house and fatherland' ... Ahuvia Kahane, Homer: A Guide for the Perplexed, 2012
Origin of moira
Moira comes straight from Greek moȋra “part, portion of booty, one’s portion in life, division (of land, people), political party.” The Greek noun comes from a widespread Proto-Indo-European root (s)mer- to remember,” the source of Latin memoria “memory,” and Germanic (Old English) murnan “to be anxious, care,” English mourn. In Greek mythology there were three Moirai (Moerae), the “Fates” that controlled human life: Clotho (Klōthṓ) “the Spinner (of the thread of human life”), who determined when a person was to be born and was in charge of the present; Lachesis (Láchesis) “the Disposer (of lots or portions),” who was in charge of the past and measured the length of human life; and Atropos (átropos) “the Unturnable, Inflexible,” who was in charge of the future and cut the thread of human life, causing death.