foreordain vs predestinate what difference

what is difference between foreordain and predestinate



From fore- +‎ ordain.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌfɔːɹɔːˈdeɪn/


foreordain (third-person singular simple present foreordains, present participle foreordaining, simple past and past participle foreordained)

  1. (transitive) To predestine or preordain.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 308:
      God has made the decision before all time, so some are foreordained to be saved through grace – a predestined group of the elect.



predestinate (third-person singular simple present predestinates, present participle predestinating, simple past and past participle predestinated)

  1. To predestine.
    • Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.
    • 1859, George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Chapter 15:
      Boys possessing any mental or moral force to give them a tendency, then predestinate their careers; or, if under supervision, take the impress that is given them: not often to cast it off, and seldom to cast it off altogether.



  1. (archaic) Predestinated, preordained.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 1 Scene 1
      God keep your ladyship still in that mind;so some gentleman or other shall ‘scape a predestinate scratched face.




  1. inflection of predestinare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of predestinato

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