• WordNet 3.6
    • v fate decree or designate beforehand "She was destined to become a great pianist"
    • n fate an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
    • n fate the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman) "we are helpless in the face of destiny"
    • n fate 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
    • Fate A fixed decree by which the order of things is prescribed; the immutable law of the universe; inevitable necessity; the force by which all existence is determined and conditioned. "Necessity and chance
      Approach not me; and what I will is fate ."
      "Beyond and above the Olympian gods lay the silent, brooding, everlasting fate of which victim and tyrant were alike the instruments."
    • Fate Appointed lot; allotted life; arranged or predetermined event; destiny; especially, the final lot; doom; ruin; death. "The great, th'important day, big with the fate Of Cato and of Rome.""Our wills and fates do so contrary run
      That our devices still are overthrown."
      "The whizzing arrow sings, And bears thy fate , Antinous, on its wings."
    • Fate The element of chance in the affairs of life; the unforeseen and unestimated conitions considered as a force shaping events; fortune; esp., opposing circumstances against which it is useless to struggle; as, fate was, or the fates were, against him. "A brave man struggling in the storms of fate .""Sometimes an hour of Fate's serenest weather strikes through our changeful sky its coming beams."
    • Fate (Myth) The three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, sometimes called the Destinies, or Parcæwho were supposed to determine the course of human life. They are represented, one as holding the distaff, a second as spinning, and the third as cutting off the thread.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fate Primarily, a prophetic declaration of what must be; a divine decree or a fixed sentence by which the order of things is prescribed; hence, that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny ordained and unalterable; that which must be, in spite of all opposing forces. See fatality.
    • n fate That which comes from necessity or the force of circumstances; an inevitable course or event; hence, fortune, lot, or destiny in general: as, it was his fate to be betrayed by his party.
    • n fate Final event; death; destruction.
    • n fate A cause of death and destruction.
    • n fate [capitalized] [L. Fatum, usually in pl. Fata; Gr. Μοῖρα, pl. Μοῖραι.] In Greek and Roman mythology, destiny: usually in the plural, the Destinies, goddesses supposed to preside over the birth, life, and death of human beings. They were three in number, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. Also called, in Latin, Parcæ.
    • n fate Synonyms 1 and 2. Doom, etc. See destiny.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fate fāt inevitable destiny or necessity: appointed lot: ill-fortune: doom: final issue:
    • n Fate fāt (pl.) the three goddesses of fate, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, who determined the birth, life, and death of men—the Fatal Sisters
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  • Heraclitus
    “Man's character is his fate.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Tempted fate will leave the loftiest star.”
  • Campbell
    “But now our fate from unmomentous things, may rise like rivers out of little springs.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “If you believe in fate, believe in it, at least, for your good.”
  • Anita Loos
    “Fate keeps on happening.”
  • Thomas Mann
    “Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.”


Fate worse than death - Describing something as a fate worse than death is a fairly common way of implying that it is unpleasant.
Tempt fate - If you tempt fate, you do something where there is a high risk of failure. It can also be used when talking about something could make it risky.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fatum, a prophetic declaration, oracle, what is ordained by the gods, destiny, fate, fr. fari, to speak: cf. OF. fat,. See Fame Fable Ban, and cf. 1st Fay Fairy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. fatum, a prediction—fatus, spoken—fāri, to speak.


In literature:

No one seemed to be conscious, while thus at work, that in a few short minutes their fate might be sealed.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
If they should, what will be the fate of those who have gone aboard the barque?
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Fate, you know, is fate.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
She never ceased to complain of her fate.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
He had talent, and was industrious and indefatigable, and yet, somehow or other, the Fates seemed to be against him.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The ill-fated vessel stuck still faster in the sands, and all gave themselves up for lost.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
Ill-fated venture, ill-fated venture, indeed!
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
If this fate awaits this city, why should his own arms, and not my love, open the walls to him?
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Fate might point, but she should never push him against his will.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
You take a dangerous tone toward me who holds your fate in the grip of his hand!
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
It was as though fate had thrust the great decision onward at the last moment.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
To counteract this fate is not in the power of the most mighty magician.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
I know a great fate of ill-omen hangs over me.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
The big tragic purpose broods; something fateful quickens.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
It was no consolation to him to think that his rival in the other pit would have to submit to a similar fate.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
I shuddered at the thought of that fate, and moved faster under the whip of impulse.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
But the bull-terrier was to escape the fate unjustly inflicted on so many of its fellows.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Still her dreadful fate appears.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
The lady that is dead richly deserved her fate, or I should have been as loath as any knight living to kill a woman.
"Historic Tales, Vol. XIII (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It is fate: who can strive against it?
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang

In poetry:

But fate, love, fate
scares me. What
I took in my hand
grows in weight.
"Song" by Robert Creeley
Too late—too late,
That may not be!
That happy fate,
Is not for thee!
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Too late—too late
It may not be!
That happy fate
Is not for (me/thee)!
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
So into the strait
Where his foes lie in wait,
Gallant King Olaf
Sails to his fate!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For fate is master here,
He laughs at human wiles;
He sceptres every tear,
And fetters any smiles.
"Inevitable" by Abram Joseph Ryan
I see a thousand throngs,
To-morrows for them wait;
I hear a thousand songs
Intoning each one's fate.
""To-Morrows"" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Ill- fated mission targeted Taliban leader.
Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, said Tuesday that he and other lawmakers looking into a controversial undercover federal gun sting want answers from the Obama administration on who approved the ill- fated Operation Fast and Furious.
How much damage did ATF's ill- fated gun-running sting do to war on drugs.
A Spy's Ill- Fated Flight From Pakistan.
The Importance of Being `Wilde' / Stephen Fry perfect as fated raconteur.
Tearful Hargrave testifies about fateful night.
Fateful reunion News Archive.
Downplaying Libya Attack Proves Fateful for Obama.
Saving a fateful bend in the James.
Jury visits Bruner home, fateful spot on river.
Obama-Netanyahu summit could make fateful decision.
The NFL's Harbaugh brothers faced fateful fourth-down coaching decisions during conference championship games Sunday.
McDonald's saves you some fateful seconds By Adweek Blogs.
Egypt Faces ' Fateful Turning Point' With Elections in Jeopardy.
Fateful Choice on a Day of Disaster.

In science:

It is therefore of great interest to investigate the fate of the small Dirac eigenvalues at T = Tc analytically in random matrix models, as was discussed at the end of Sec. 3.5.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Historically the first model considered the fate of charged particles injected into the plerionic nebula powered by a shocked relativistic wind from a central pulsar .
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
Hadronic model proposed by seems to be relevant in this context, since it describes the fate of iron nuclei extracted from the pulsar surface and then sub ject to acceleration.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
Therefore it will be very helpful for understanding the fate of closed string tachyons if such a dual picture exists in general.
Closed String Tachyons in Non-supersymmetric Heterotic Theories
The natural question which we are going to address in the next section is the fate of this growing mode.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
Now we know the fate of perturbative vacua which contain tachyons in the open string sector .
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background
The fate of the plateau at M = Ms/2 is different from that of case 1.
Magnetization Plateaux in Random Frustrated S=1/2 Heisenberg Chains
Due to this, the structure of the singular solutions play a crucial role in determining the behavior of solutions near the critical point, and the fate of the gravitational collapse.
An Investigation of the Tomimatsu-Sato Spacetime
The fate of these high-energy photons is discussed in the next subsection.
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts
Next, we consider the fate of synchrotron photons emitted by charged pions and muons.
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts
Near the GC, the tidal radius is small (compared to the cluster mass) enough to be an important determinant of the cluster fate (Kim et al. 1999, 2000).
Dynamical Friction on Star Clusters near the Galactic Center
At these later stages, the full distribution of the cluster particles is more important for understanding the fate of the cluster.
Dynamical Friction on Star Clusters near the Galactic Center
Giddings, The Fate of Four Dimensions, hep-th/0303031; T.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
An important question regarding the fate of the universe is whether, for a particular class of generalized phantom energy models, a and H diverge in finite time or reach infinite values only in infinite time.
Generalized phantom energy
Therefore, more precise observations of the past variation of ρd and G with time (redshift) will be able to unravel the fate of the universe.
Generalized phantom energy