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  • Noun

serendipity

ser-uhn-DIP-i-tee

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Running into my friend, whom I hadn’t seen in years, was a moment of serendipity or pure luck. He himself had had an amazing run of serendipity or fortunate discovery in turn. For instance, on a backpacking trip through Mexico, he accidentally stumbled upon a major archeological find—talk about serendipity!

Quiz: What is serendipity?

  • Always getting what you want in life.
  • A moment of good fortune and chance discovery.
  • Living a life full of blessings and abundance.

Memory Hook
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Serious End of Pity Wouldn't it be great if, by serendipity, someone discovered a serious way to end pity by fixing all the woes in the world?

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  • In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts. — Peter McWilliams Peter mcwilliams
  • There’s so much of modern life that makes it preferable to the vaunted good old days — better hygiene products and power steering leap to mind — but in these disposable days of now and the future, the concept of serendipity is endangered. —The New York Times
  • To demonstrate the importance of serendipity, we've put together a list of 10 examples of unintentional discoveries that too often we find ourselves taking for granted. —Newsvine
  • Don’t discount the value of serendipity As with many things in business, great sales opportunities sometimes land in your lap when you least expect it, and in ways you never could have planned for. —USA Today

Word Ingredients
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-ity state or quality

Serendipity is the “state or quality of Serendip.” In the old Persian tale “The Three Princes of Serendip,” three heroes are described who make lucky discoveries.

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Serendipity