1. A fixed decree by which the order of things is prescribed; the immutable law of the universe; inevitable
necessity; the force by which all existence is determined and conditioned.
Necessity and chanceMilton.
Approach not me; and what I will is fate.
Beyond and above the Olympian gods lay the silent, brooding, everlasting fate of which victim and tyrant
were alike the instruments.Froude.
2. Appointed lot; allotted life; arranged or predetermined event; destiny; especially, the final lot; doom; ruin; death.
The great, th'important day, big with the fateAddison.
Of Cato and of Rome.
Our wills and fates do so contrary runShak.
That our devices still are overthrown.
The whizzing arrow sings,Pope.
And bears thy fate, Antinous, on its wings.
3. The element of chance in the affairs of life; the unforeseen and unestimated conitions considered as
a force shaping events; fortune; esp., opposing circumstances against which it is useless to struggle; as,
fate was, or the fates were, against him.
A brave man struggling in the storms of fate.Pope.
Sometimes an hour of Fate's serenest weather strikes through our changeful sky its coming beams.B.
4. pl. [L. Fata, pl. of fatum.] (Myth.) The three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, sometimes
called the Destinies, or Parcæwho were supposed to determine the course of human life. They are represented,
one as holding the distaff, a second as spinning, and the third as cutting off the thread.
Among all nations it has been common to speak of fate or destiny as a power superior to gods and
men swaying all things irresistibly. This may be called the fate of poets and mythologists. Philosophical
fate is the sum of the laws of the universe, the product of eternal intelligence and the blind properties of
matter. Theological fate represents Deity as above the laws of nature, and ordaining all things according
to his will the expression of that will being the law. Krauth- Fleming.
Syn. Destiny; lot; doom; fortune; chance.
(Fat"ed) p. p. & a.
1. Decreed by fate; destined; doomed; as, he was fated to rule a factious people.
Fated to the purpose.
2. Invested with the power of determining destiny. [Obs.] "The fated sky." Shak.
3. Exempted by fate. [Obs. or R.] Dryden.
(Fate"ful) a. . Having the power of serving or accomplishing fate. "The fateful steel." J. Barlow.
2. Significant of fate; ominous.
The fateful cawings of the crow.Longfellow.
Fate"ful*ly, adv.- Fate"ful*ness, n.
(Fat"head`) n. (Zoöl.) (a) A cyprinoid fish of the Mississippi valley (Pimephales promelas);
called also black-headed minnow. (b) A labroid food fish of California; the redfish.