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fateful

[feyt-fuh l] /ˈfeɪt fəl/
adjective
1.
having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous:
a fateful meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
2.
fatal, deadly, or disastrous.
3.
controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable.
4.
prophetic; ominous.
Origin of fateful
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; fate + -ful
Related forms
fatefully, adverb
fatefulness, noun
Can be confused
fatal, fateful, fetal (see synonym study at fatal)
Synonyms
1, 4. See ominous.
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  • On this fateful day, she alone was oppressed with strange forebodings.

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  • The continued shocks since that fateful night of the cards had told upon me.

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  • The fateful exodus of the day had evidently slipped his memory entirely.

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  • The fateful day had come and gone, yet London stood where it did before.

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  • The three weeks prior to the fateful fourteenth had been crowded with activities.

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British Dictionary definitions for fateful

fateful

/ˈfeɪtfʊl/
adjective
1.
having important consequences; decisively important
2.
bringing death or disaster
3.
controlled by or as if by fate
4.
prophetic
Derived Forms
fatefully, adverb
fatefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fateful
adj.

1710s, "prophetic," from fate + -ful. Meaning "of momentous consequences" is from c.1800. Related: Fatefully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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