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[moi-ruh] /ˈmɔɪ rə/
noun, plural Moirai
[moi-rahy] /ˈmɔɪ raɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 1, 2.
Classical Mythology.
  1. the personification of fate.
  2. Moirai, the Fates.
(often lowercase) (among ancient Greeks) a person's fate or destiny.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • Then the soul of the brave Herakles was stirred within him, and he sware that the moirai should not win the victory.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Even then these “moirai” differ considerably from those of ancient Greek mythology.

  • But the mighty moirai, whose word even Zeus himself may not turn aside, had fixed the doom of Meleagros.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for moirai


plural noun (sing) Moira (ˈmɔɪrə)
the Moirai, the Greek goddesses of fate Roman counterparts the Parcae See Fates
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Word Origin and History for moirai


fem. proper name, one of the Fates, from Greek Moira, literally "share, fate," related to moros "fate, destiny, doom," meros "part, lot," meiresthai "to receive one's share" (see merit (n.)).

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