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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 fatalistically
Historical Examples
  • He abandoned himself hopelessly, fatalistically to his destiny.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • "Shore, they'll be somethin' doin' to-day," said Jim, fatalistically.

  • "They'll all be devils," returned Mrs. Nitschkan fatalistically.

    The Black Pearl

    Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • Adela Sellingworth is said to have behaved most fatalistically when the story came out.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • But the old woman said often, fatalistically, "They will not always escape—but it will be for France."

    The Tin Soldier

    Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for fatalistically

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 fatalistically

fatalism

n.

1670s, from fatal + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fatalistically 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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