April 18, 2016
- destiny (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : the future that awaits a person or thing : fortune2 : the course of events held to be arranged by a superhuman power
- How do you use it?
- On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes reached Lexington with news of the British approach, bracing the patriots for the battle that would determine the destiny of the American colonies.
- Are you a word wiz?
It's true that Paul Revere and William Dawes played a role in determining the destiny of the United States. Which of the following statements about the word "destiny" do you think is also true?The idea of a foreordained future has been around since long before Paul Revere's ride, and so has the word "destiny." Both "destiny" and the related verb "destine" first appeared in English in the fourteenth century, having been adopted from Anglo-French (a form of French spoken in medieval England). In Anglo-French, "destiner" meant "to predetermine" and arose from the Latin verb "stinare," akin to Latin "stare," meaning "to stand." While the word "destiny" often suggests a great or noble course that is foreordained, its synonym "fate" usually implies an inevitable bad outcome.