fatalist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fatalist of or relating to fatalism "a fatalist person"
    • n fatalist anyone who submits to the belief that they are powerless to change their destiny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fatalist One who maintains that all things happen by inevitable necessity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fatalist A believer in fatalism; one who maintains the opinion that all things happen by inevitable predetermination.
    • n fatalist One whose conduct is controlled by belief in fatalism; one who accepts all the events and conditions of life as proceeding from or leading to an inevitable fate: as, Orientals are naturally fatalists.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fatalist one who believes in fatalism
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fataliste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. fatum, a prediction—fatus, spoken—fāri, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

Though sufficiently reckless in my temperament, I have never been a fatalist.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
I am fatalist enough to shrug my shoulders and move on.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It is wonderful what fatalists we become in the trenches.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Many a Muslim perishes during such times because of his fatalistic convictions.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
A fatalistic spirit is developed.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
Contact with nature is so close and constant that when spiritual insight is lacking there is bound to be a fatalistic and brutalizing tendency.
"Rural Problems of Today" by Ernest R. Groves
If he was a fatalist, he was a fighting fatalist, and I am sure he believed in his fortune.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
Blanquette relapsed into her fatalistic attitude towards life and seemed to dismiss the disastrous subject from her mind.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
She felt the utter hopelessness of longer struggling against the unseen, and in that hour she became a fatalist.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
I am a fatalist, you see.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Fatalists, though, and resigned to the inevitable; hopeless.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
The scientific view is sometimes described as fatalistic.
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
Another fatalistic school of thought holds that men learn their social lessons only through failure and disaster.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
He had sunk into a state of fatalistic indifference.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
The thing pressed upon him now as fatalistic.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
She surrendered absolutely to fatalistic enjoyment of the gifts the gods had sent.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
Doris had become a fatalist.
"The Girl in the Mirror" by Elizabeth Garver Jordan
I am something of a fatalist, Mr. Fitzroy, though the phrase sounds strange on my lips.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
They are fatalists to a very great extent.
"Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes" by Charles Sellers and Others
Once, when a very young man, he had thought himself a fatalist.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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In poetry:

They misconstrue her, who translate.
They blur her mirror with their mist.
``Behold,'' one says, ``the face of Fate,''
Because himself a fatalist.
"Nature And the Book" by Alfred Austin
He turn'd the Fatalist's rash eye to Him
In whom the issues are of life and death;
He taught to whom the battle is—to whom
The victory belongs. His cherub, that aloft
Kept sleepless watch, was Providence—not Chance.
"The Grave of Dibdin" by Thomas Gent

In news:

I'm an Optimist, Not a Fatalist.
What critics see as a grim and fatalistic doctrine, however, Calvin saw as good news: that God's purposes can be fulfilled despite man's sinful ways.
Michigan State football team turns fatalistic .
For Saba, the fatalistic 18-year-old heroine of "Blood Red Road," quite a few.
A fatalistic hedonism colors the spirit of the capital's residents.
As fatalistic as any songwriter since John Fogerty, Cleaver can venture out on a happy summer's day and find cataclysm in the calm.
Americans once fatalistically viewed natural disasters such as the Superstorm Sandy as unavoidable "acts of God," with victims largely expected to cope on their own.
But does that finding make researchers fatalistically depressed or tremendously encouraged.
Maybe Mayor Mitch Landrieu knows something we don't, or maybe he is just a fatalist, but he believes "there probably is more to come".
Prepare for the Worst Annual fraud study finds that 'fatalists' are the best-protected merchants.
Inevitably it's not the flaw that's in question, but whether or not it's fatal, and it's so hard to persuade those that feel fatalistic.
Thompson 's gallows-humored, fatalistic songs, whose outlook owes something to his Sufi-Muslim religion, are steeped in the jigs and reels and marches of British folk music, although they are often played on electric instruments.
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