Fate vs. Destiny

Now, you wanna learn more confusing words? Well, this time, we're gonna talk about 'fate' and 'destiny'. What do you know about them?

"Fate" vs. "Destiny" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

While 'fate' and 'destiny' are often used interchangeably, they have subtle differences in meaning, with 'fate' implying inevitability and lack of control, while 'destiny' suggests purpose and personal agency.


'Fate' refers to the idea that events are predetermined and cannot be changed. It implies a sense of inevitability or a lack of control over the course of one's life. Fate is often associated with the idea of a higher power or supernatural force that shapes the course of events. As such, it can sometimes have negative connotations, as it suggests a lack of control and a sense of resignation to one's circumstances. Look at the examples below:

His fate was sealed from the moment he was born.

Many close-minded people still believe in fate.

'Destiny', on the other hand, implies a sense of purpose or direction in one's life. It suggests that there is a goal or destination that a person is meant to reach, and that their actions can influence the course of events. Destiny is often associated with the idea of personal agency or free will. Check out the examples below:

I think it's in my destiny to become a singer.

He was determined to fulfill his destiny and make a positive impact on the world.


'Fate' and 'destiny' are similar in that they both relate to the idea of a predetermined course of events. Look:

Some believe that our destinies have been written in the stars.

Free yourself from all this fate and such, darling.

Are They Interchangeable?

Although they are used in similar contexts, they cannot be used interchangeably. 'Fate' implies a lack of control or inevitability, while 'destiny' suggests a sense of purpose or direction that can be influenced by personal agency. The examples below are both correct, but they have different meanings:

✓ Talking about fate, I don't really believe in such stuff.

✓ Talking about destiny, I don't really believe in such stuff.


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