from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The inevitable or necessary fate to which a particular person or thing is destined; one's lot.
- n. A predetermined course of events considered as something beyond human power or control: "Marriage and hanging go by destiny” ( Robert Burton).
- n. The power or agency thought to predetermine events: Destiny brought them together.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That to which any person or thing is destined; a predetermined state; a condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom.
- n. The fixed order of things; invincible necessity; fate; an irresistible power or agency conceived of as determining the future, whether in general or of an individual.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That to which any person or thing is destined; predetermined state; condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An irresistible tendency of certain events to come about by force of predetermination, whatever efforts may be made to prevent them; overruling necessity; fate.
- n. That which is predetermined and sure to come true.
- n. That which is to become of any person or thing in the future; fortune; lot; lack: often in the plural.
- n. [capitalized] plural In classical mythology, the Fates or Parcæ; the powers supposed to preside over human life. See fate.
- n. Synonyms Destiny, Fate, Doom. Fate is stronger than destiny, and less the appointment of a personal being or other discernible cause; but the words are often used interchangeably. Doom is an unhappy destiny.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
- n. the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman)
- n. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
Next, it is one of the powers ‘which rule our earthly destiny,’ that is, _fortune_ rules _destiny_.
Your certain destiny is to grow much bigger and stronger.
After Manchester United were beaten by Chelsea in midweek, victory for Arsenal would have put their title destiny in their own hands but without injured trio Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott they mustered few clear chances despite dominating possession and had to share the points with Sunderland for the second time this season.
Prof. Easterly's subtle intimation that we must master the debate before we can master our destiny is an important lesson to be learned from the Columbia experience.
The airport scenes are heart-wrenching but the pride in seeing your child soar and fulfill his or her destiny is a wonderful thing.
How she sees her destiny is a more vital and rewarding quest than bemoaning her past, with its humiliations and sufferings.
Bonaparte could only fulfil what he called his destiny, by continual agitation; and this was well understood by himself and by his enemies.
All these philosophers believe that the acts of our will and the motion of our bodies depend on those of the stars to which they are subjected, and they refer every thing to the laws of physical necessity, which they call destiny or
This sort of overconfidence in political "destiny" is a good way to get your ass handed to you in a sling 4 to 8 years from now.
And your use of the term "destiny" is framing the issue.