- having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous: a fateful meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
- fatal, deadly, or disastrous.
- controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable.
- prophetic; ominous.
Origin of fateful
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1, 4. See ominous.
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Examples from the Web for fateful
The Malaysian crew said they could not comply—the report gives no reason for what was very likely a fateful decision.MH17 Switched Places With Another Jet
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Lindsay Lohan was also spotted at the restaurant that fateful night.The Tiny Prince of Ibiza Parties On, While Kim and Paris Make Peace
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On that fateful Friday, July 13th, Sanders joined Democratic staff investigator Scott Armstrong in questioning Butterfield.How Nixon’s Recording System Was Exposed
August 3, 2014
In the wake of that fateful 2008 evening, Cotillard has worked for, and alongside, some of the biggest names in Hollywood.Marion Cotillard on Playing a Prostitute in ‘The Immigrant’ and Seducing America
May 17, 2014
A few days after this fateful visit, each visionary reported seeing images of rivers of blood and headless corpses.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide?
April 20, 2014
On this fateful day, she alone was oppressed with strange forebodings.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
The continued shocks since that fateful night of the cards had told upon me.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The fateful exodus of the day had evidently slipped his memory entirely.The Golden Age
The fateful day had come and gone, yet London stood where it did before.The Christian
The three weeks prior to the fateful fourteenth had been crowded with activities.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
- having important consequences; decisively important
- bringing death or disaster
- controlled by or as if by fate
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Word Origin and History for fateful
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