• Lightning, fatal. Pictograph at Jemez, N.M
    Lightning, fatal. Pictograph at Jemez, N.M
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fatal controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined "a fatal series of events"
    • adj fatal having momentous consequences; of decisive importance "that fateful meeting of the U.N. when...it declared war on North Korea"- Saturday Rev","the fatal day of the election finally arrived"
    • adj fatal bringing death
    • adj fatal (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin "the stock market crashed on Black Friday","a calamitous defeat","the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign","such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin","it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur","a fateful error"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Polar bear livers contain so much Vitamin A that it can be fatal if eaten by a human
    • Fatal Causing death or destruction; deadly; mortal; destructive; calamitous; as, a fatal wound; a fatal disease; a fatal day; a fatal error.
    • Fatal Foreboding death or great disaster. "That fatal screech owl to our house
      That nothing sung but death to us and ours."
    • Fatal Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny; necessary; inevitable. "These thing are fatal and necessary.""It was fatal to the king to fight for his money."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate can be fatal to dogs. Chocolate contains a chemical theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs
    • fatal Proceeding from or decreed by fate or destiny; inevitable; fated.
    • fatal Fraught with fate; influencing or deciding fate; fateful.
    • fatal Foreboding or associated with disaster or death; ominous.
    • fatal Causing or attended with death or destruction; deadly; mortal; destructive; disastrous; ruinous: as, a fatal accident.
    • fatal Doomed; cursed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are some species of snails that are venomous. Their venom can be fatal to humans
    • adj Fatal belonging to or appointed by fate: causing ruin or death: mortal: calamitous
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  • Tony Richardson
    Tony Richardson
    “Failure is not fatal; victory is not success.”
  • John Wooden
    “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.”
  • J. August Strindberg
    “I hated her now with a hatred more fatal than indifference because it was the other side of love.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal”
  • David Lloyd George
    “There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fatalis, fr. fatum,: cf. F. fatal,. See Fate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. fatum, a prediction—fatus, spoken—fāri, to speak.


In literature:

But such was the hatred against Law that the experiment had well nigh proved fatal to him.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Nothing is more fatal to improvement than being the echo of other voices.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
There is scarcely an illustrious Scotch family who had not an ancestor slain on that fatal day, September 9, 1513.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
He gives her the fatal ring in token of remembrance, confiding her to the care of Loge.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Statistics show that it was more fatal to belong to that army than to an army in the field.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Here both Chauvelin and Lebrun went fatally astray.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
There was no loss of time in preparation for the execution of the fatal decree.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
The Confederates endeavored to escape at four in the morning, knowing that daylight would prove fatal to such an undertaking.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
Such a defection, at such a moment, was fatal.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris

In poetry:

These hate the old gods,
Warring against them;
Fatal to Odin,
Here the wolf Fenrir
Lieth in wait.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
For hark ! to Freedom's call
The fatal spell is broke;
Repeal means—Union of the slaves,
And reverence of the yoke.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
Th' unsparing wound that lays thee low
Will bend thy Julia too:
Could she survive the fatal blow
Who only lives in you?
"Song III" by Sir John Carr
His lady's hand the note inscrib'd;
But when he looked within,
He only found the fatal note,
That told his shame and sin.
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
A fearful blow, alas! there came;
Both horse and knight it took,
And laid them senseless in the dust;
So fatal was the stroke.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
The noble boy amid his sports
Droop'd like a smitten flower
That feels the frost-king's fatal shaft,
And withers in its bower.
"The Little Brothers," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

In news:

Coroner's inquest rules that parolee caused death of passenger in fatal wreck during 2011 police chase.
Fatal Indianapolis house explosion now a homicide investigation.
Montgomery County council addresses pedestrian safety one day after fatal accident.
The US Navy opened a formal investigation yesterday into the fatal collision of the U.S.S.
Suspect in fatal shooting eluded tracking of court-ordered GPS.
San Francisco police fatally shot a suspect who went after his co-worker with a box cutter Wednesday morning near the Ferry Building.
The one fatal flaw of Windows RT.
Driver Will Not Be Charged In Fatal Bicycle Crash.
Driver in fatal Megabus N.Y.
Ex-Philly Commish: Handling of Fatal Fire 'Disgraceful'.
(AP) Jurors will resume deliberations Monday at the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a teenager in Las Cruces six years ago.
When a famous person is found to have a serious and potentially fatal disease, it often serves as a wake-up call for the rest of us.
A man who prosecutors say fatally shot an off-duty state trooper after getting thrown out of a restaurant has been convicted of first-degree murder.
Captain Barkey, Jamaican Dancehall Artist, Fatally Shot in Bronx.
A Wasilla day care center that closed temporarily following the fatal suffocation of a child there is open again.

In science:

Other, more robust, theories of unexpected fire behaviour resulting in fatalities are probably more applicable (e.g.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Any of these things strikes a fatal blow to the argument outlined by Jaeger .
We agree that this does complicate the situation, but not fatally.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
This mixing does not spoils renormalizability at one loop but it is fatal at higher orders .
A Review of Noncommutative Field Theories
Berlin, Germany: Springer. Van Raan AJF (2005) Fatal attraction: Conceptual and methodological problems in the ranking of universities by bibliometric methods.
Quantifying the influence of scientists and their publications: Distinguish prestige from popularity