• Lightning, fatal. Pictograph at Jemez, N.M
    Lightning, fatal. Pictograph at Jemez, N.M
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fatalism a philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them
    • n fatalism a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
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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
    • n Fatalism The doctrine that all things are subject to fate, or that they take place by inevitable necessity.
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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
    • n fatalism The doctrine that all things are subject to fate, or come or go by inevitable predetermination. Fatalism is a doctrine which does not recognize the determination of all events by causes, in the ordinary sense; holding, on the contrary, that a certain foreordained result will come about, no matter what may be done to prevent it. Fatalism is thus directly opposed to necessitarianism, according to which every event is determined by the events which immediately precede it, in a mechanical way. Necessitarianism seems hardly to leave room for final causes, while fatalism is the doctrine that certain results are sure to come in spite of all that efficient causes may do to prevent them. See necessity.
    • n fatalism A disposition to regard everything as the result of or predetermined by fate; the acceptance of all conditions and events as inevitable.
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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
    • ns Fatalism the doctrine that all events are subject to fate, and happen by unavoidable necessity
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  • Honore De Balzac
    “Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most of thought believe in providence.”
  • William J. Durant
    “Inquiry is fatal to certainty.”
  • Ray Kroc
    Ray Kroc
    “While formal schooling is an important advantage, it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.”
  • Jules Ellinger
    Jules Ellinger
    “Success is never final and failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.”
  • Henry James
    “The fatal futility of Fact.”
  • Tony Richardson
    Tony Richardson
    “Failure is not fatal; victory is not success.”


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


In literature:

Lewis resented Clinton's imperious methods, but he made a fatal mistake in furnishing him such a pretext for open opposition.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
He kept the two fatal signatures to himself.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Calves are particularly subject to this disease, and it often proves fatal to them.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
The envious is more fatally stricken than the blind.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
His victory indeed had been more fatal to the interests of England than a defeat.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
Now why should such fatal consequences follow a simple process like neglect?
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Moldy silage may cause fatal disease.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
But never that precisely, which persuaded The fatal fruit, nor even of the same aspect.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
Is it possible you have never heard of the ominous Lime-Tree, and the Fatal Bough?
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
There are many fatal errors and many love-making failures in courtship.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis

In poetry:

And when she read the fatal note,
Her cheek grew cold and pale;
Yet, noble heart and lofty soul,
Would neither yield nor quail.
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
'Tis no torrent from a height,
'Tis no tempest's rugged shock,
'Tis no flash of fatal light
Scorching fields and blasting rock.
"Faith and Works" by John Bowring
Why do'st thou glare? Why do'st thou wave
That fatal cursed knife?
Thee deed is done, and from the grave
Who can recall to life?
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
Still struggling, faint, he led her on
Tow'rd the fatal bow'r,
So still--so dim--while all along
Sweet smelt each blushing flow'r.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
The fatal touch awaits them all
That turns the rocks to dust;
From year to year they break and fall,--
They break, but never rust.
"The Lyre Of Anacreon" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
When at last, in tones of warning,
>From its high and airy tower,
Slowly with its tongue of iron,
Tolled the bell the fatal hour;--
"Ballad Of Ruth Bay" by Albert Laighton

In news:

Prosecutors can seek web commenter claiming to have witnessed 'Melrose Place' actress' fatal crash.
House lawmakers hope to stem the growing number of fatal skin cancer cases by regulating underage use of commercial tanning beds.
Authorities say a Phoenix woman has been fatally shot and her common-law husband is in custody.
WSB-TV reports the fatal collision happened early Saturday at about 1:20 am at the downtown Atlanta Civic Center station on West Peachtree Street.
The condition is usually fatal.
Set in the months after Gen Robert E Lee's surrender at Appomattox, The Conspirator follows the consequences of the fatal shot at Ford's Theater — specifically, the trial of Mary Surratt, owner of a DC boarding house.
The flag debates began during the Vietnam era when leftist radicals made the fatal error of burning it.
Because last week was so busy with the fatal police shooting case and other breaking news, reader questions didn't get answered.
He was later fatally shot by La Center homeowner during January incident.
State liquor control investigators say a Vancouver man was drinking at the Chips and Palace casinos in La Center before he trespassed onto private property and was fatally shot.
The driver charged with fatally injuring a Farmington.
But fatality rate rose in 21 states, transportation safety agency reports.
A recent report shows that those states that have legalized marijuana have seen a suprising effect – less traffic fatalities.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man accused of opening fire during the production of a rap video has been ordered to stand trial in the death of a man fatally struck by a car trying to get away.
The North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force has released new details about the state's death rate among children.

In science:

DNA uses error correction to avoid fatal defects .
Error Correcting Codes on Algebraic Surfaces
The paper about to appear contains two examples one of which contains a fatal error.
A Question about Differential Ideals
The hypercycle which consists of a single cyclic interaction structure seems to be fatal to parasite invasions, but it turns out that the hypercycle is very robust when we consider its spatio-temporal dynamics.
Spatio-temporal Dynamics in the Origin of Genetic Information
If the grade of a paper is an “8”, while a user is aware of a fatal flaw meriting a “0”, then the user has identified a paper about which the flaw may not be widely known.
RefSponse: A Literature Evaluation System for the Professional Astrophysics Community
Although the Z-burst model is very economical, but it is likely to have fatal problems both because of the required energy at the source and because of the extreme energy neutrino flux required to produce enough of the trans-GZK events .
The Mysteries of the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays