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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)
What are some synonyms for fatal?
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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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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym for fatal?
Example sentences from the Web for fatal
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
As I described in an article over the summer when the fatal case in China was diagnosed, plague has three distinct clinical forms.
With one powerful sweep of his paddle he can instantly turn the canoe, when only a foot distant from fatal destruction.
How fatal then, how tormenting, how intolerable, must her reverse of fortune be!The Adventures of Roderick Random|Tobias Smollett
We have, therefore, to draw the fatal conclusion that Switzerland is doomed should capitalist imperialism endure.The Forerunners|Romain Rolland
The Government of England will never rise to so exalted a pitch of glory, nor will its end be so fatal.Letters on England|Voltaire
Then, again, numerous males fall victims to the jealous fury of their own sex, which leads to fierce and fatal battles.Animal Life of the British Isles|Edward Step