kismet

[kiz-mit, -met, kis-]
noun
fate; destiny.
Also, kismat [kiz-muht, kis-] .


Origin:
1840–50; < Turkish < Persian qismat < Arabic qismah division, portion, lot, fate, akin to qasama to divide

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kismet (ˈkɪzmɛt, ˈkɪs-)
 
n
1.  Islam the will of Allah
2.  fate or destiny
 
[C19: from Turkish, from Persian qismat, from Arabic qasama he divided]

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kismet
1834, from Turk. qismet, from Ar. qismah, qismat "portion, lot, fate," from root of qasama "he divided."
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Weeks later, however, coincidence or perhaps kismet intervened to reignite what political circumstance had begun.
Call it kismet -- the post-modern kind.
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