Destiny Des"ti*ny, n.; pl. {Destinies}. [OE. destinee, destene, F. destin['e]e, from destiner. See {Destine}.] 1. That to which any person or thing is destined; predetermined state; condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom. [1913 Webster]

Thither he Will come to know his destiny. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

No man of woman born, Coward or brave, can shun his destiny. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

But who can turn the stream of destiny? --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

{The Destinies} (Anc. Myth.), the three Parc[ae], or Fates; the supposed powers which preside over human life, and determine its circumstances and duration. [1913 Webster]

Marked by the Destinies to be avoided. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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