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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 ?
It was useless to move from where he was until the air cleared, since he could not know in what direction he was moving, and so he stretched himself upon the moss and waited, pondering the fate of his warriors and his ship, but giving little thought to his own precarious situation.
Presently I could see that she who presided was com-municating something to the Sagoth interpreter--doubt-less something to be transmitted to me which might give me a forewarning of the fate which lay in store for me.
On shore behind them the infuriated Dyaks who had escaped to the beach danced and shrieked; von Horn, from his hiding place, looked on in surprised wonder, and Bududreen's lascar cursed the fate that had left a party of forty head hunters upon the same small island with him.
Throughout the whole of the expedition, however, he showed himself loyal, single-minded, straightforward, and fearless; and if the fate of his vessel may be charged to his harshness and imprudence, we should recollect that he paid for his error with his life.
The fate of empires is a matter for the historians.
It seemed to him impossible that with these few commonplace words the fate of all Europe was being pronounced.
This doom she chose, forsaking the Blessed Realm, and putting aside all claim to kinship with those that dwell there; that thus whatever grief might lie in wait, the fates of Beren and Luthien might be joined, and their paths lead together beyond the confines of the world.