- 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
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Examples from the Web for fatalist
King was a fatalist, resigned to whatever happened, telling aides he had no choice in how he would die, or when.MLK’s Friend: He Foresaw His Death
October 14, 2011
He is a fatalist, taking his profits and losses as if they were gifts or blows of Fortune.About sugar buying for Jobbers
B. W. Dyer
Many a man has become a fatalist because he has fallen under the dominion of a single idea.Sophist
"Indeed, indeed," Asad agreed, grasping at the fatalist's consolation.The Sea-Hawk
But I can't find it in me to behave like a fatalist, to sit down with folded hands.The Rescue
“Their time was come,” said Daddy, who was a bit of a Fatalist.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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
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Word Origin and History for fatalist
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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