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ˈdɛs tə nides·tiny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. destiny, fatenoun

    an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future

  2. destiny, fatenoun

    the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman)

    "we are helpless in the face of destiny"

  3. fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portionnoun

    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

    "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"


  1. destinynoun

    That to which any person or thing is destined; a predetermined state; a condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom.

  2. destinynoun

    The fixed order of things; invincible necessity; fate; an irresistible power or agency conceived of as determining the future, whether in general or of an individual.

  3. Destinynoun

    A female given name from English.

    The man smiled and extended his hand. "I'm Cole." Rebecca took his hand. "Destiny." She'd chosen the name because she felt as though she'd discovered just that the day she realized what her mission in life was to be.

  4. Etymology: From the noun destiny since the 1970s.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Destinynoun

    Etymology: destinée, French.

    Thou art neither like thy sire or dam;
    But like a soul mis-shapen stigmatick,
    Mark’d by the destinies to be avoided. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    He said, dear daughter, rightly may I rue
    The fall of famous children born of me;
    But who can turn the stream of destiny,
    Or break the chain of strong necessity,
    Which fast is ty’d to Jove’s eternal seat? Fairy Queen, b. i.

    How can hearts, not free, be try’d whether they serve
    Willing or no, who will but what they must
    By destiny, and can no other chuse? John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Had thy great destiny but given thee skill
    To know, as well as pow’r to act her will. John Denham.

    Chance, or forceful destiny,
    Which forms in causes first whate’er shall be. John Dryden, Fab.

    At the pit of Acheron
    Meet me i’ th’ morning: thither he
    Will come to know his destiny. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Destinynoun

    that to which any person or thing is destined; predetermined state; condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom

  2. Destinynoun

    the fixed order of things; invincible necessity; fate; a resistless power or agency conceived of as determining the future, whether in general or of an individual

  3. Etymology: [OE. destinee, destene, F. destine, from destiner. See Destine.]


  1. Destiny

    Destiny or fate is a predetermined course of events. It may be conceived as a predetermined future, whether in general or of an individual. It is a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the cosmos.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of destiny in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of destiny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of destiny in a Sentence

  1. Bryant McGill:

    When you surrender and release the illusion of control, you begin to free-fall toward your destiny of a grand reunion with your original-self; a self uncorrupted by the world’s false lessons of fear and control.

  2. Emmanuel Macron:

    I'm telling you all tonight -- we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, a national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders.

  3. Dag Hammarskjold, newpaper quote of the day:

    Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward- your destiny-are here and now.

  4. Anthony Liccione:

    Had it not been for empty, there would have been nothing to fill. Nothing to struggle with,  strive for or dream. Although fulfillment is our ending destiny, it's the getting there that builds character. That puts muscle in faith, and sweats out victory. Vigilance is the empty, that pushes all our nothings into something.

  5. Edwin Markham:

    There is a destiny that makes us brothers: None goes his way alone: All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.

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