fatalism

[ feyt-l-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈfeɪt lˌɪz əm /

noun

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
Can be confuseddeterminism fatalism necessitarianism
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British Dictionary definitions for fatalism

fatalism

/ (ˈfeɪtəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

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 Formsfatalist, nounfatalistic, adjectivefatalistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fatalism

fatalism


n.

1670s, from fatal + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for fatalism

fatalism


The belief that events are determined by an impersonal fate and cannot be changed by human beings. Fatalism is a form of determinism.

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