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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Thither  he  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  Parc[ae],  or  Fates; 
  the  supposed  powers  which  preside  over  human  life,  and 
  determine  its  circumstances  and  duration. 
 
  Marked  by  the  Destinies  to  be  avoided.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  destiny 
  n  1:  an  event  (or  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:  {Destiny},  {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}, 
  {circumstances},  {portion}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  DESTINY,  n.  A  tyrant's  authority  for  crime  and  fool's  excuse  for 
  failure. 
 
 




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