destiny

[des-tuh-nee]
noun, plural destinies.
1.
something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune.
2.
the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events.
3.
the power or agency that determines the course of events.
4.
(initial capital letter) this power personified or represented as a goddess.
5.
the Destinies, the Fates.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English destinee < Old French (noun use of past participle of destiner) < Latin dēstināta, feminine past participle of dēstināre. See destine, -ee


1. fate, karma, kismet. 2. future. See fate.
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destiny (ˈdɛstɪnɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  the future destined for a person or thing; fate; fortune; lot
2.  the predetermined or inevitable course of events
3.  the ultimate power or agency that predetermines the course of events
 
[C14: from Old French destinee, from destiner to destine]

Destiny (ˈdɛstɪnɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
the power that predetermines events, personified as a goddess

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destiny
early 14c., from O.Fr. destinée (12c.), fem. pp. of destiner, from L. destinatus, pp. of destinare "make firm, establish" (see destination). The sense is of "that which has been firmly established," as by fate.
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Example sentences
In the past, man often tried to escape destiny by warfare.
Many believe that humanity's destiny lies with the stars.
In the theater of destiny, it never hurts to back up your creation myth with
  hard copy.
Habits form character and character is destiny.
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