Definition of destiny in English:


Syllabification: des·ti·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈdestinē

noun (plural destinies)

  • 1The events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future: she was unable to control her own destiny
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    • The very destinies of future generations can be changed right here for eternity, I think.
    • The intricate events and various destinies interplay into a complicated story.
    • They would know that in future the destinies of all its citizens would be entirely in their own hands.
  • 1.1The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate: he believes in destiny
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    • It seems that people who want to achieve should believe in destiny, rather than chance.
    • He believes the hand of destiny is on his side, just as it was when he was tearing up the track everywhere from the Isle of Man to Japan.
    • I had to believe that history, destiny, was written at a much more profound level.
    future, fate, fortune, doom; lot
    archaic portion
    fate, providence; predestination; God's will, kismet, the stars; luck, fortune, chance; karma, serendipity


Middle English: from Old French destinee, from Latin destinata, feminine past participle of destinare 'make firm, establish'.

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