- 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
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Examples from the Web for fatalistically
He abandoned himself hopelessly, fatalistically to his destiny.Crome Yellow
"Shore, they'll be somethin' doin' to-day," said Jim, fatalistically.Tales of lonely trails
"They'll all be devils," returned Mrs. Nitschkan fatalistically.The Black Pearl</p>
Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Adela Sellingworth is said to have behaved most fatalistically when the story came out.December Love
But the old woman said often, fatalistically, "They will not always escape—but it will be for France."The Tin Soldier</p>
- 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
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Word Origin and History for fatalistically
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The belief that events are determined by an impersonal fate and cannot be changed by human beings. Fatalism is a form of determinism.
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