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What does fatal mean?
Fatal literally means deadly—capable of causing death.
Similar words are deadly, lethal, and mortal—though they are often used in different ways.
Fatal can also be used in a figurative way to mean capable of causing the destruction, ruin, or failure of someone or something, as in Failing to update their products proved to be a fatal mistake for the company.
Example: These changes will hopefully greatly reduce the number of fatal car accidents that occur on highways.
Where does fatal come from?
The first records of fatal in English come from the second half of the 1300s. It comes from the Latin fātālis, meaning “of fate.” Fatal was originally used in English to refer to things affected or doomed by fate—and it can still be used this way, though it is uncommon. It wasn’t until around the 1500s that fatal started to be used to refer to things that can cause death or ruin.
Most commonly, fatal is applied to things that can cause death, such as a fatal dose of drugs, or things that have resulted in death, such as a fatal accident. A mistake can be described as fatal if it literally causes someone to die. But the phrase fatal mistake more often refers to something that caused the destruction of something, as in The chaotic press conference ended up being fatal to the campaign.
Fatal can mean “fateful,” but this is much less commonly used than its other senses. However, it is used in this way in the term fatalism, referring to a belief that everything is inevitable and determined by fate. Someone with such a view can be described as fatalistic.
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What are some other forms related to fatal?
- fatally (adverb)
- nonfatally (adverb)
- fatalness (noun)
- nonfatal (adjective)
- nonfatalness (noun)
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How is fatal used in real life?
Fatal is most often used in a literal (and very serious) way to refer to something that caused or can cause death.
One of the men accused in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery was involved in a previous prosecution of Arbery, according to a letter written by a prosecutor who has since recused himself from the case https://t.co/1JrUCUckQw
— CNN (@CNN) May 9, 2020
MORE: For context, this is considered a fatal dose of fentanyl – approx. 2.5 milligrams.
Fentanyl is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine, and highly addictive.
Experts says users are seeking out dealers who’ve caused fatal overdoses all in order to secure a stronger high. pic.twitter.com/Uz5gaseseQ
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) August 3, 2018
Remember that success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts 🦍
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) January 17, 2020
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How to use fatal in a sentence
Fairfax County police are searching for a suspect believed to have fled the scene of a fatal shooting in Reston on Wednesday afternoon.Police looking for suspect who fled scene of homicide Wednesday in Reston|Justin Jouvenal|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
We found that fatal crashes were occurring all over the country.What We Learned from Tracking Cycling Deaths for a Year|Maura Fox and Luke Whelan|January 29, 2021|Outside Online
I was impressed not just with her work as a doctor but her zeal for busting open the paradigm for a cancer that is particularly hard to detect, hard to treat, and therefore often fatal.How to Fix the Incentives in Cancer Research (Ep. 449)|Stephen J. Dubner|January 28, 2021|Freakonomics
Roessler’s tenure in Fairfax was marked by the fatal 2013 shooting of John Geer and, more recently, the anger over police practices across the country that was sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.Ex-Fairfax police chief Rohrer steps in to temporarily lead department|Antonio Olivo|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
If you can recognize the sequence, you and a better chance of resisting the impulse to take those next potentially fatal steps.
Nor should we ever assume that weather alone, however extreme, should be fatal to a commercial flight.
Two years ago, a Party apparatchik surveyed the site of a fatal traffic accident… with a smile on his face.
They are mean, unhappy and inspired only by their fatal selfishness.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to a police source, that fax came in at 2:46 p.m.—literally a after before the fatal bullets flew.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another American officer, Capt. Edwin Glenn, was convicted of cruelty in a non-fatal turn-of-the-century case in the Philippines.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is here that the Communist regime in Russia has encountered its most fatal difficulty.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
It was a fatal error, for though the Spanish people might despise their King, they were intensely proud of their nationality.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Again the young fellow repeats his fatal "Banco," as he stakes a fresh pile of notes handed to him by the obsequious Jew.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
When there wanted only a week to the fatal day, Michael's hope of meeting the note of hand was slighter than ever.
That is a very lofty, poetical, and gratifying conception, but it is open to one fatal objection—it is not true.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford