Being cast in a role like Llewyn was kismet for Isaac, providing an outlet for all of his passions.
Shall we build ships and keep a large army and erect fortresses, or simply say 'kismet' when Germany comes?
One told me the other day that he heard the steps of kismet.
Later on kismet was flown single-handed at a flock of gulls with a long slip, and again managed to kill with his first stoop.
My reply was 'kismet,' which means that it was a sin to think of the future.
When one reaches the native city the streets are unmistakably un-Indian, and strongly reminiscent of the bazaar scene in kismet.
It is your kismet; it is Fate; and what am I, to resist Destiny?
Nor did it matter if they never reached the goal for which they strove—it was kismet!
To do this was his kismet, his decreed fate, and he was content—and why not?
Yet there are wise men who can read our kismet, and foretell.
"fate, destiny," 1834, from Turkish qismet, from Arabic qismah, qismat "portion, lot, fate," from root of qasama "he divided."
From a nation of enthusiasts and conquerors, the Osmanlis became a nation of sleepers and smokers. They came into Europe with the sword in one hand and the Koran in the other: were they driven out of their encampment, it would be with the Koran in one hand and the pipe in the other, crying: 'Kismet! Kismet! Allah kehrim!' (God hath willed it! God is great!) [Dr. James O. Noyes, "The Ottoman Empire," "The Knickerbocker," October 1858]Popularized as the title of a novel in 1877.