fatal

Definitions

  • 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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THE FATAL MARRIAGE THE FATAL MARRIAGE

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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Quotations

  • Tony Richardson
    Tony Richardson
    “Failure is not fatal; victory is not success.”
  • John Wooden
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    “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “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
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    “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
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    “There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.”

Etymology

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.

Usage

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
SINGULAR FATALITY ATTENDANT ON SILKWEED.
"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
There was no longer any talk of rejecting the fatal gift.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The feat of Cominius, whatever its real purpose, came near being a fatal one to Rome.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But the stay in that unhealthy country was fatal after such severe fatigue.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
He sighs as you bid him farewell to return to advice which is so likely to prove fatal.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
But it is just as fatal a delusion among others as among Jews, Unitarians and Universalists.
"God's Plan with Men" by T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
The fatal raft was then begun to be constructed, which would, they said, carry provisions for every one.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
In him the reckless fatalism of the Asiatic is blended with the cool daring of the northerner.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Then came a fatal blunder.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
This was fatal to White.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
Battery Park and the attractions thereof prove fatal.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
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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.
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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
The relativistic beaming scenario soon ran into several fatal difficulties.
Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in the Chandra and XMM-Newton Era
Another advantage is that it is no longer required that the worlds are without fatal errors.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI
This requirement was important in when we needed sufficient time for training, presuming that no fatal error is made that would ruin the whole life.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI
This is to say, we can easily make mistakes as each one can be overcome and none is fatal.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI
Definition: Fatal error is a group of internal states of the world, such that when we enter this group we can no longer exit.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI
If there is an exit, the error would not be fatal.
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Another possible definition of fatal error is the following.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI
If we calculate for each moment of life what is the maximum anticipated success of life (what returns the Success function), provided we play (live) by the best possible strategy, from this moment onwards, then fatal error will be referred as a step after which this number is decreasing.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI
Having assumed that life is finite, it is not needed to assume that there are no fatal errors in the world, because our time for training is anyway limited.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI
When life is finite, a common mistake can be equal to fatal, because time may not be sufficient to fix it.
Comparison between the two definitions of AI
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