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Destiny vs. Fate

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  • Destiny (noun)

    That to which any person or thing is destined; a predetermined state; a condition predestined by the Divine or by human will

    "fate|lot"

  • Destiny (noun)

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

    "fate"

  • Fate (noun)

    The presumed cause, force, principle, or divine will that predetermines events.

  • Fate (noun)

    The effect, consequence, outcome, or inevitable events predetermined by this cause.

  • Fate (noun)

    Destiny; often with a connotation of death, ruin, misfortune, etc.

    "Accept your fate."

  • Fate (noun)

    alternative case form of Fate|nodot=1(one of the goddesses said to control the destiny of human beings).

  • Fate (verb)

    To foreordain or predetermine, to make inevitable.

    "The oracle's prediction fated Oedipus to kill his father; not all his striving could change what would occur."

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Destiny (noun)

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

  • Destiny (noun)

    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.

  • Fate (noun)

    A fixed decree by which the order of things is prescribed; the immutable law of the universe; inevitable necessity; the force by which all existence is determined and conditioned.

  • Fate (noun)

    Appointed lot; allotted life; arranged or predetermined event; destiny; especially, the final lot; doom; ruin; death.

  • Fate (noun)

    The element of chance in the affairs of life; the unforeseen and unestimated conitions considered as a force shaping events; fortune; esp., opposing circumstances against which it is useless to struggle; as, fate was, or the fates were, against him.

  • Fate (noun)

    The three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, sometimes called the Destinies, or Parcæwho were supposed to determine the course of human life. They are represented, one as holding the distaff, a second as spinning, and the third as cutting off the thread.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Destiny (noun)

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

  • Destiny (noun)

    the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events (often personified as a woman);

    "we are helpless in the face of Destiny"

  • Destiny (noun)

    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"

  • Fate (noun)

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

  • Fate (noun)

    the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events (often personified as a woman);

    "we are helpless in the face of Destiny"

  • Fate (noun)

    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"

  • Fate (verb)

    decree or designate beforehand;

    "She was destined to become a great pianist"

Princeton's WordNet

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