FATE, noun [Latin fatum, from for, fari, to speak, whence fatus.]
1. Primarily, a decree or word pronounced by God; or a fixed sentence by which the order of things is prescribed. Hence, inevitable necessity; destiny depending on a superior cause and uncontrollable. According to the Stoics, every event is determined by fate
Necessity or chancenot me; and what I will is fate
2. Event predetermined; lot; destiny. It is our fate to meet with disappointments.
It is the fate of mortals.
Tell me what fates attend the duke of Suffolk?
3. Final event; death; destruction.
Yet still he chose the longest way to fate
The whizzing arrow sings,
And bears thy fate Antinous, on its wings.
4. Cause of death. Dryden calls an arrow a feathered fate
Divine fate the order or determination of God; providence.