fate

(redirected from Fates)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

fate

(Destiny), noun certainty, destination, destined lot, fate-to-be-predetermined events, fortune, future, future course of events, future state, inevitability, inevitableness, lot, luck, outcome, power to predetermine events, predetermination, sureness, ultimate future, what is destined to happen, what is doomed to occur, what is fated to occur, what is written, what looms
Associated concepts: fortuitous event, insurance, the defennant's fate is with the jury
Foreign phrases: Fatum.Fate.

fate

(Termination), noun apocalypse, bad luck, bane, bitter end, catastrophe, collapse, conclusion, curtain, death, death knell, death warrant, deathblow, debacle, destruction, disaster, doom, downfall, end, end of the world, final blow, final event, final curtain, final result, finis, finish, ill luck, last act, misfortune, payoff, ruin, ruination, terminus, tough luck, undoing, windup
See also: accident, end, happenstance, outlook, predetermination, predetermine, prospect, quirk, termination
References in classic literature ?
I was soon upon the point of resigning myself to my fate, and dropping quietly into the sea, when my spirits were suddenly revived by hearing a hollow voice from above, which seemed to be lazily humming an opera air.
Thus it came about that they were glad enough to welcome a king who spared their lives, and thenceforth, till his fate found him, Dingaan reigned unquestioned.
Either to disinthrone the King of Heav'n We warr, if warr be best, or to regain Our own right lost: him to unthrone we then May hope, when everlasting Fate shall yeild To fickle Chance, and CHAOS judge the strife: The former vain to hope argues as vain The latter: for what place can be for us Within Heav'ns bound, unless Heav'ns Lord supream We overpower?
I am determined to stop this barbarous practice of the Sultan's, and to deliver the girls and mothers from the awful fate that hangs over them.
pursued and scorned of fate, I have again allowed myself to abjure my own dignity.
And yet sometimes one gets a hint of what the last scene may be like in the life of a ship and her crew, which resembles a drama in its struggle against a great force bearing it up, formless, ungraspable, chaotic and mysterious, as fate.
Although what he said merely confirmed the impression which I had before entertained, still it increased my anxiety to escape from a captivity which, however endurable, nay, delightful it might be in some respects, involved in its issues a fate marked by the most frightful contingencies.
The hopes and fears of those on board of the ship were in tumultuous agitation, as the boat drew nigh that was to let them know the fortunes of the enterprise, and the fate of their predecessors.
Was it not Fate, that, on this July midnight- Was it not Fate, (whose name is also Sorrow,) That bade me pause before that garden-gate, To breathe the incense of those slumbering roses?
Let me give you a useful tip, Emerson: attribute nothing to Fate.
It is said that occasionally some deluded victim of Barsoomian superstition will so far escape the clutches of the countless enemies that beset his path from the moment that he emerges from the subterranean passage through which the Iss flows for a thousand miles before it enters the Valley Dor as to reach the very walls of the Temple of Issus; but what fate awaits one there not even the Holy Therns may guess, for who has passed within those gilded walls never has returned to unfold the mysteries they have held since the beginning of time.
It seemed to her that not only did everybody know that her fate would be decided that day, but that they also knew what she thought about it.