Share this entry

Share this page

predestine

Line breaks: pre|des¦tine
Pronunciation: /priːˈdɛstɪn
 
/

Definition of predestine in English:

verb

[with object]
1(Of God) destine (someone) for a particular fate or purpose: Calvinists believed that every person was predestined by God to go to heaven or to hell
More example sentences
  • Although Protestant reformers taught that God had predestined each individual to salvation or damnation, they still expected her to live a godly life, obeying God rather than man.
  • The first act of God to remedy the damage and danger, was to predestine an elect people to be restored to the image of his son.
  • It is through grace, as Augustine explains, not merit, that God predestines his elect.
1.1Determine (an outcome or course of events) in advance by divine will or fate: (as adjective predestined) our predestined end
More example sentences
  • Tenacious resistance was also demonstrated by the remnants of the First Army caught in the jaws of the German trap and knowing that the outcome was predestined.
  • But I know I'm not going to pay any attention to those who tell me that the election result is predestined, even if… make that especially if they tell me what I want to hear.
  • Of course Rhyann had absolutely no clue what exactly what predestined event her grandmother was trying to halt.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French predestiner or ecclesiastical Latin praedestinare (see predestinate).

Definition of predestine in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day raconteur
Pronunciation: ˌrakˌänˈtər
noun
a person who tells anecdotes skillfully and amusingly…