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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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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


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 fatalistically



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.
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