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fortuity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fortuity anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause "winning the lottery was a happy accident","the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck","it was due to an accident or fortuity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fortuity Accident; chance; casualty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fortuity Accident; chance; casualty.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fortuité,

Usage

In literature:

Or, away up in the snows, warmed by the fortuity of reflected heat, its emerald eye looked bravely out to the heavens.
"The Mountains" by Stewart Edward White
The first blow of the hammer was struck, by some inconceivable fortuity, at the moment when the Duchesse de Fontanges expired.
"The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete" by Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Indoors Kirkwood faced unhappily the enigma of fortuity, wondering: Was this by any possibility Number 9?
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
Down at the hotel of Peter Bines was an intimation from Mrs. Wybert herself, bearing upon this same fortuity.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
Superficially it was a thing of utter fortuity.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
The whole ceramic melange told of the fortuities of English colonial and early American life, of the migration of families westward.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
Since, with the notice of evil, there was not a power given to avoid it, it is not likely to proceed from a spirit, but merely fortuitious.
"The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1801)" by Daniel Defoe
His succession to the throne was rather a fortuity than the result of hereditary claim.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
But such a chance, such an absolute and actual fortuity, is a chimera which never occurs in nature.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
By some odd fortuity, a phonograph broke into wheezy song as the wayfarers swung down the street.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 1908" by Various
A group of mankind thus formed is something quite different from a fortuitious concurrence of atoms.
"Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists" by James Anthony Froude, Edward A. Freeman, William Ewart Gladstone, John Henry Newman and Leslie Stephen
It all rested on the fortuity of her getting five minutes alone with him.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
The poetical reader cannot admire the hero who is subject to such blind fortuity.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
Coincidence, repeated often enough, became more than fortuity.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
To be sure we accept a divine arbitrament, but by no means a natural fortuity.
"The Magic of the Middle Ages" by Viktor Rydberg
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In news:

But 32 years, 22 collections, and 100-plus projects later, the Interior Design Hall of Fame member has clearly proved that fortuity is fate.
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