• WordNet 3.6
    • n destiny an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
    • n destiny the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman) "we are helpless in the face of destiny"
    • n destiny your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you) "whatever my fortune may be","deserved a better fate","has a happy lot","the luck of the Irish","a victim of circumstances","success that was her portion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Destiny That to which any person or thing is destined; predetermined state; condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom. "Thither he
      Will come to know his destiny ."
      "No man of woman born,
      Coward or brave, can shun his destiny ."
    • Destiny 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. "But who can turn the stream of destiny ?""Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny , for it is destiny .""Marked by the Destinies to be avoided."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n destiny 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 destiny That which is predetermined and sure to come true.
    • n destiny That which is to become of any person or thing in the future; fortune; lot; lack: often in the plural.
    • n destiny [capitalized] plural In classical mythology, the Fates or Parcæ; the powers supposed to preside over human life. See fate.
    • n destiny 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Destiny the purpose or end to which any person or thing is destined or appointed: unavoidable fate: necessity
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  • Heraclitus
    “Character is our destiny.”
  • James Allen
    “The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    “What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.”
  • Catherine Booth
    Catherine Booth
    “We are made for larger ends than Earth can encompass. Oh, let us be true to our exalted destiny.”
  • Christie Brinkley
    Christie Brinkley
    “I have a feeling this is destiny. [On the eve of her third marriage]”
  • Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
    Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
    “We write our own destiny; we become what we do.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. destinee, destene, F. destinée, from destiner,. See Destine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. destinārede, inten., and root sta-, in stāre, to stand.


In literature:

Upon you, rely upon it, depends in a measure you can hardly conceive the future destiny of your race.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
Would not one think that an evil genius had taken pleasure in playing with her destiny, like a child playing at ball?
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
Alas, by what destinies is he driven!
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
The social destiny of this Valley will be the social destiny, and will mark the place in history, of the United States.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
There is no further mention of a difference between the destinies of France and Corsica.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The event had so important a bearing upon the character and the destiny of Hortense as to demand a brief recital here.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Lose not your advantage; if you do, I rede your destiny.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
It was becoming a world-wide duel which was to settle the destinies of mankind.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
But Destiny altered all this.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
God designed that man's progress should be upward; hence his high destiny is attained, not by creation, but by development.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen

In poetry:

We are ourselves and human,
And ours our destiny;
The souls of Man and Woman
Divorced by Vanity.
"The Spirits for Good" by Henry Lawson
Like warp and woof all destinies
Are woven fast,
Linked in sympathy like the keys
Of an organ vast.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I feel it is the destiny
Of every noble mind,
In Fate, in Fortune, Beauty, and the World,
An enemy to find:
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
“I did not for my heart divine
Her destiny so meek to grow;
The higher nature matched with mine
Will have it so.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Behold! he sails no earthly bark
And on no earthly sea,
Who down the years into the dark,—
Divine of destiny,—
"Argonauts" by Madison Julius Cawein
But if the destiny of Spain,
Be once again to rise,
Oh! grant me heaven, to read the tale,
In Manuel's joyful eyes!
"Vignette - VIII" by Matilda Betham

In news:

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant The Gordon Biersch Brewery – Restaurant is preparing for their upcoming opening in the newly expanded Destiny USA.
An iconic clothing store will join the list of stores opening in Destiny USA.
CHILDERSBURG- Adam Fossett and the Childersburg Tigers control their own destiny going into Friday's game at Dallas County.
Early in life, Myat Thu knew that his destiny as a cook lay in salads.
Most fantasy baseball drafts last 15-plus rounds, but your team's destiny will be determined during the first eight.
D.C CFO Natwar Gandhi in his first role playing Mahatma Gandhi in "A Tryst With Destiny".
Chang 's nearly ready to wok and roll at Syracuse's Destiny USA.
Chang 's China Bistro will be opening December 17th as part of the Destiny USA expansion project.
Chang 's at Destiny.
Chang 's coming to Syracuse's Destiny USA.
"It surprises me that some people get anxious that a movie on our channel could change the political destiny of a country of 300 million people," Lyle said.
Charisma meets destiny, to the Extreme.
The commenter said that the story they had seen included CLAMP 's philosophy on human relationships, fate, and the destiny of mankind.
UCLA controls shaky destiny in CU clash .
Kiwanis President Paul Reese, Vice President Billy Brunson and teacher Destiny Travis with students.

In science:

So this new probability destiny must satisfy the following conditions: 1) In the constant length Ln+1 of L, there are m points of Cn+1 th non-uniform Poisson distribution, i.e.
Inhomogenous Poisson Networks and Random Cellular Structures
Given the same evolution properties of the broad class of GPE models with the same κ(t), it is natural to look at the destiny of bound structures, another peculiarity of phantom energy models .
Generalized phantom energy
Martin, N. F., Ibata, R. A., Bellazzini, M., Irwin, M. J., Lewis, G. F., Dehnen, W. 2004, MNRAS, 348, 12 Mermilliod, J.-C 1996, in The origins, evolution and destinies of binary stars in clusters, ASP.
The old metal-poor open cluster ESO 92-SC05: accreted from a dwarf galaxy?
And we conducted some concrete numerical calculations of this the destiny of our model of the universe, which confirms conclusions from dynamics analysis.
de Sitter Gauge Theory of Gravity: An Alternative Torsion Cosmology
Lagache,G., Dole, H. and Puget, J.-L. 2005, in The Fabulous Destiny of Galaxies: Bridging Past and Present, in press, e-print astro-ph/ 0509556.
Are Diffuse High Energy Neutrinos and Gamma-Rays from Starburst Galaxies Observable?