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fatalism

[feyt-l-iz-uh m] /ˈfeɪt lˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate:
Her fatalism helped her to face death with stoic calm.
2.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable predetermination.
Origin of fatalism
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80; fatal + -ism
Related forms
fatalist, noun
fatalistic, adjective
fatalistically, adverb
nonfatalistic, adjective
quasi-fatalistic, adjective
quasi-fatalistically, adverb
unfatalistic, adjective
unfatalistically, adverb
Can be confused
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Examples from the Web for fatalistic
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  • She surrendered absolutely to fatalistic enjoyment of the gifts the gods had sent.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • He chuckled softly and hideously to himself at the fatalistic idea.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • I was not in the least scared; on the contrary, I was filled with a kind of fatalistic rage.

  • Being Mohammedans, they show a fatalistic bravery in battle.

  • She handed her feelings over to the actors with a kind of fatalistic resignation.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • His face was set—afterwards I told myself it was fatalistic.

    The Desert Drum Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for fatalistic

fatalism

/ˈfeɪtəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the philosophical doctrine that all events are predetermined so that man is powerless to alter his destiny
2.
the acceptance of and submission to this doctrine
3.
a lack of effort or action in the face of difficulty
Derived Forms
fatalist, noun
fatalistic, adjective
fatalistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fatalistic
adj.

1832, from fatalist + -ic.

fatalism

n.

1670s, from fatal + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fatalistic in Culture

fatalism definition


The belief that events are determined by an impersonal fate and cannot be changed by human beings. Fatalism is a form of determinism.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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