Adjective "fate" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The development of events outside a person's control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power.
  1. 'his injury is a cruel twist of fate'
  2. 'It is a cruel twist of fate, especially with a new presidency that few expect to benefit the poorest of Americans.'
  3. 'Yet by an ironic twist of fate he is blind to the world around him, losing Dot, who is expecting his child, to a pastry maker.'
  4. 'However, it was a cruel twist of fate that robbed him yet again of a sprint race win and, therefore, of an Irish double.'
  5. 'Sadly, in a cruel twist of fate, he was killed in a car accident just a few months later, aged just 21.'
  6. 'But, in a somewhat cruel twist of fate, you will also not remember to go out and buy it.'
  7. 'Maybe in a strange twist of fate, Mom and Dad would be in bed sleeping.'
  8. 'In a remarkable twist of fate, they get locked in the storeroom together.'
  9. 'Kane understood the power of fate, and the inevitability of consequence.'
  10. 'Then in a twist of fate her eye's are raised, they meet mine and I can feel all my insides turn to jelly.'
  11. 'Remarkably, he found the right words to comfort those affected by the cruellest twist of fate.'
  12. 'Such efficiency gains could play a crucial role in determining the ultimate fate of satellite broadband.'
  13. 'Men controlled the fates of women, whose expected aim in life was to marry well.'
  14. 'We learned from past elections that the nation's fate depends on whom the people choose as the president.'
  15. 'We have seen that inflation tells us nothing about the ultimate fate of the Universe.'
  16. 'While their paths diverged after 1990, their fates are entwined again this season.'
  17. 'What lies ahead then will be the struggle to avoid these two fates.'
  18. 'He now realized that she had saved him from a fate worse than death.'
  19. 'Over 100,000 have already crossed the border into Liberia and to an uncertain fate.'
  20. 'Haven't churches, synagogues and mosques met the same fate at the hands of vandals?'
  21. 'Much the same fate has apparently befallen many other fairly despicable celebrities.'
  22. 'the guards led her to her fate'
  23. 'Over the next century, nine major searches added to the sense that the party had met an almost supernatural fate.'
  24. 'It is easy to see that this was the logical response to the dawning realisation of death as the fate of us all.'
  25. 'Some bodies had become tourist attractions as inquisitive locals came to view the fate of their former rulers.'
The three goddesses who preside over the birth and life of humans. Each person was thought of as a spindle, around which the three Fates (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) would spin the thread of human destiny.
  1. 'Atropos is the name of one of the Fates, mythical beings who controlled the destinies of humans.'
  2. 'And the sort of Goddess which the Fates held out to me was contained in the Old Religion.'


Be destined to happen, turn out, or act in a particular way.
  1. 'There were thousands of books in that room, all new and almost equally fated never to be reviewed.'
  2. 'Despite their innocent closeness, the three friends are fated to separate after a violent incident.'
  3. 'But there remains someone on earth whom we are fated to love and who is fated to love us.'
  4. 'It may be that the West is fated, by its very cultural plenitude, to host some minimal number of such parasites.'
  5. 'Vast amounts of the knowledge and creative output of the last century is fated to turn to dust; forgotten, unwanted and unknown.'
  6. 'It seemed it was one of those competitions we were fated to win.'
  7. 'The more famous you are now; the more obscure you are fated to be when the wheel turns through another quarter-circle.'
  8. 'The result is that most urban pet dogs are fated to a caged life with little care or physical activity.'
  9. 'The hard choice often perplexes them and they sometimes believe the decision is fated.'
  10. 'Our political culture seems fated to return to this sore spot.'

More definitions


1. something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot: It is always his fate to be left behind.

2. the universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed; the decreed cause of events; time: Fate decreed that they would never meet again.

3. that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny: Death is our ineluctable fate.

4. a prophetic declaration of what must be: The oracle pronounced their fate.

5. death, destruction, or ruin.


Late Middle English: from Italian fato or (later) from its source, Latin fatum ‘that which has been spoken’, from fari ‘speak’.


seal someone's fate