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[feyt-l-iz-uh m] /ˈfeɪt lˌɪz əm/
the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate:
Her fatalism helped her to face death with stoic calm.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable predetermination.
Origin of fatalism
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 Unabridged
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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


the philosophical doctrine that all events are predetermined so that man is powerless to alter his destiny
the acceptance of and submission to this doctrine
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

1832, from fatalist + -ic.



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.
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