from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Fate; fortune.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Fate; a predetermined or unavoidable destiny.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Destiny; fate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lot; destiny; fate: an Oriental term denoting man's lot in life or any detail or incident of it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Islam) the will of Allah
Whoever came up with the term kismet is an absolute moron.
That evening, the feeling returned -- what I called kismet yesterday.
Thaddeus, the only thing messing with your kismet is your denial of what you truly want.
Ever since I read The Magic Mountain, sanitariums not rehabs! have had a romantic draw for me, and, too, it was appealing, after all, to have a firm destination, to not rely entirely on kismet, which isn't always so reliable, this being one of the drawbacks of kismet.
Yet because you are so wayward I will help you once or twice more, and then I will leave you to your own course -- which you, in your blindness, will call your kismet, not seeing that your fate is continually in your own hands -- more so at this moment than ever before.
The stars, or the fates or Kâli, or whatever you like to term your kismet, your portion of good and evil, allotted me a somewhat happier existence than generally falls to the share of young slaves in
We should hang out, clink our highball glasses, and salute the kind of kismet that competent women often need to create real achievement.
It is that kind of kismet that sometimes determines whether careers are made or broken: the right quarterback with the right coach in the right system.
I asked him if the notion of "kismet" or "fate" helped his patients in London; not at all, he said, and he never even broached the subject to his patients, so counter-productive would it be.
On the other hand, when he was a psychiatrist in Bangladesh, he routinely used to appeal to the notion of "kismet" to assuage the individual's feelings of guilt: some things are just beyond our control, whether westerners admit it or not!
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