Definition of Manifest Destiny in English:

Manifest Destiny


  • The 19th-century doctrine or belief that the expansion of the US throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable.

    ‘This is not to be confused with utopianism, nor with a doctrine of manifest destiny, whether national or global, nor with a theocratic theory of the state.’
    • ‘The idea of American exceptionalism was expressed domestically in the doctrine of manifest destiny.’
    • ‘The war with Mexico was also a product of the United States' belief of manifest destiny.’
    • ‘The concept of manifest destiny first entered American political parlance in the 1840s, when continental expansionism first became physically sustainable.’
    • ‘But in truth, you know, that was really the birth of what would become manifest destiny and the western expansion.’
    • ‘The belief in manifest destiny had opened up North America as far as the West Coast, and after the Civil War the nation had come of age.’
    • ‘That worked in post-Puritan America and led to the doctrine of manifest destiny and some positive missions.’
    • ‘This goal was compatible with the doctrine of manifest destiny, and Spencer's Social Darwinism.’
    • ‘The first paper draws our attention to the concept of manifest destiny and current war discourse in the American context.’
    • ‘The Civil War combatants have laid down their arms and have joined in the mission of manifest destiny in hopes of settling the final American frontier of the late 1800s.’
    • ‘In my experience, secular Americans are as likely as religious Americans to believe that we are the rightful beneficiaries of some kind of manifest destiny.’
    • ‘The idea of manifest destiny and ‘internal exploration’ as you mentioned is still very strong in the hearts of many Americans.’
    • ‘The end result of manifest destiny, racism and unrestrained capitalism has led to a public that yearns to be fooled.’
    • ‘A sense of manifest destiny began to attach itself to their progress.’
    • ‘Servitude has often been ‘justified’ by theories of manifest destiny, evolutionary or social superiority.’
    • ‘Neither he nor Vattimo mentions manifest destiny or the white man's burden, but these ideas lurk disturbingly close to the surface of their urbanely arrogant prose.’
    • ‘Americans looked to the western lands as an opportunity for large amounts of free land, for growth of industry, and manifest destiny.’
    • ‘Chapters on manifest destiny and the Indian wars trace Ambrose's own travels across the country.’
    • ‘The very idea of manifest destiny encouraged men and women to dream big dreams.’
    • ‘The idea of manifest destiny was being used long before John O'Sullivan, an editor for the United States Magazine and Democratic Review, coined the term in 1845.’