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.
Appointed lot; allotted life; arranged or predetermined
event; destiny; especially, the final lot; doom; ruin; death.
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.
The three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, sometimes
called the Destinies, or Parcaewho 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.