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Destine  v. t.  (past & past part. destined; pres. part. destining)  To determine the future condition or application of; to set apart by design for a future use or purpose; to fix, as by destiny or by an authoritative decree; to doom; to ordain or preordain; to appoint; often with the remoter object preceded by to or for. "We are decreed, Reserved, and destined to eternal woe." "Till the loathsome opposite Of all my heart had destined, did obtain." "Not enjoyment and not sorrow Is our destined end or way."
Synonyms: To design; mark out; determine; allot; choose; intend; devote; consecrate; doom.

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"Destine" Quotes from Famous Books

... is an elevation of character about Oliver that proceeds from education, which would forbid so clan- destine a proceeding. ...
— The Pioneers • James Fenimore Cooper

... talents, the lofty spirit of this lamented nobleman seemed to destine him to a station second to none among the public characters of his time; and if, instead of being cut off by the hand of violence in the morning of life, he had been permitted to attain a length of days at all approaching to the fourscore years of ...
— Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth • Lucy Aikin

... et on le pare des plus beaux habits que l'on peut trouver, pendant que les parens et des vieilles continuent toujours a pleurer. Cette ceremonie finie, les alliez apportent plusieurs presens. Les uns sont pour essuyer les larmes et les autres pour servir de matelas au defunt, on en destine certains pour couvrir la fosse, de peur, disent-ils, que la plague ne l'incommode, on y etend fort proprement des peaux d'ours et de chevreuils qui lui servent de lit, et on lui met ses ajustemens avec un sac ...
— A Further Contribution to the Study of the Mortuary Customs of the North American Indians • H.C. Yarrow

... The Queen hints at the great honor which they destine for him; the King says tenderly to him that he would esteem himself happy, if he could call so noble a young Prince his son. But the Elector understands neither the Queen nor the King, he is silent and does not propose. He is ...
— The Youth of the Great Elector • L. Muhlbach

... answered he, "and so that every one seeing it would say, 'That is the face of King Theodoric.'" Then he drew a great, grim face on the wall, and said: "Lady, that is he; only, God help me! he is far more terrible-looking than that". Thereupon she thought, "God cannot be so wroth with me as to destine me for that monster". And she looked up and said, "Sir! why dost thou ask for my hand for Theodoric, of Verona, and not for thyself?" He answered: "I was bound to fulfil the message of my lord; but if thou wilt have me, who am of the seed of kings, though I am not a king myself, gladly will I be ...
— Theodoric the Goth - Barbarian Champion of Civilisation • Thomas Hodgkin

... destine any one of you to write books for his living, he will find experimentally true what I here promise him, that few pleasures sooner cloy than reading what the reviewers say. This promise I hand on with the better confidence since it was endorsed for me once in conversation by that ...
— On the Art of Writing - Lectures delivered in the University of Cambridge 1913-1914 • Arthur Quiller-Couch

... illumined with a ray of divine hope; "to part, sister? oh, no! What makes me so calm is the deep and certain expectation, which I feel here at my heart, of that better world where a better life awaits us. God, so great, so merciful, so prodigal of good, cannot destine His creatures to be forever miserable. Selfish men may pervert His benevolent designs, and reduce their brethren to a state of suffering and despair. Let us pity the wicked and leave them! Come up on high, sister; men are nothing there, where God is all. We shall do well ...
— The Wandering Jew, Complete • Eugene Sue

... wander with curiosity into the future. This future is not yet ours; perhaps it never will be. It is exposing ourselves to temptation to wish to anticipate God, and to prepare ourselves for things which He may not destine for us. If such things should come to pass, He will give us light and strength according to the need. Why should we desire to meet difficulties prematurely, when we have neither strength nor light as yet provided for ...
— Daily Strength for Daily Needs • Mary W. Tileston

Words linked to "Destine" :   calculate, design, destination, plan, ordain, fate, specify, aim, doom, slate, designate

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