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A fate worse than death rape; the term is recorded from the early 19th century, although earlier in the mid 17th century Dorothy Osborne in a letter refers to ‘the Roman courage, when they killed themselves to avoid misfortunes that were infinitely worse than death’.

seal someone's fate make it inevitable that something unpleasant will happen to someone.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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