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fatalism

[ feyt-l-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈfeɪt lˌɪz əm /
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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.

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Origin of fatalism

First recorded in 1670–80; fatal + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM fatalism

fa·tal·ist, noun, adjectivefa·tal·is·tic [feyt-l-is-tik], /ˌfeɪt lˈɪs tɪk/, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fatalism

determinism, 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 forms of fatalism

fatalist, nounfatalistic, adjectivefatalistically, adverb
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Cultural 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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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