destiny

Destiny is what's meant to be, what's written in the stars, your inescapable fate. You might think it's your destiny to own a dog, but your sad goldfish survival rate should tell you that happy pets probably aren't in your future.

A noun meaning fate, destiny is synonymous with other nouns like divine decree, fortune, and serendipity. There's no avoiding destiny — it's going to happen no matter what you do. But before you get bogged down worrying about what the distant future holds, remember what Winston Churchill said: “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”

Definitions of destiny
  1. noun
    the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman)
    “we are helpless in the face of destiny
    synonyms: fate
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    causal agency, causal agent, cause
    any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
  2. noun
    the overall circumstances or condition to which a person or thing is destined (including everything that happens to you)
    synonyms: circumstances, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion
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    good fortune, good luck, luckiness
    an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
    providence
    a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
    bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
    failure
    lack of success
    prosperity, successfulness
    the condition of prospering; having good fortune
    blessing, boon
    a desirable state
    weakness
    the condition of being financially weak
    adversity, hard knocks, hardship
    a state of misfortune or affliction
    gutter, sewer, toilet
    misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
    hard cheese
    bad luck
    bankruptcy
    a state of complete lack of some abstract property
    bank failure
    the inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations
    crop failure
    the failure of crops to produce a marketable surplus
    dead duck
    something doomed to failure
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    condition
    a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
  3. noun
    an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
    synonyms: fate
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    inevitable
    an unavoidable event
    karma
    (Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation
    kismat, kismet
    (Islam) the will of Allah
    predestination
    previous determination as if by destiny or fate
    day of reckoning, doom, doomsday, end of the world
    an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
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    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
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