Des·ti·ny n.; pl. Destinies
1. That to which any person or thing is destined; predetermined state; condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom.
Will come to know his destiny. --Shak.
No man of woman born,
Coward or brave, can shun his destiny. --Bryant.
2. 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? --Spenser.
Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny. --Longfellow.
The Destinies Anc. Myth., the three Parcæ, or Fates; the supposed powers which preside over human life, and determine its circumstances and duration.
Marked by the Destinies to be avoided. --Shak.
n 1: an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen
in the future [syn: fate]
2: the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events
(often personified as a woman); "we are helpless in the
face of Destiny" [syn: Fate]
3: 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" [syn: fortune, fate, luck, lot,