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
Related formsfa·tal·ist, nounfa·tal·is·tic, adjectivefa·tal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·fa·tal·is·tic, adjectivequa·si-fa·tal·is·tic, adjectivequa·si-fa·tal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·fa·tal·is·tic, adjectiveun·fa·tal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
First recorded in 1670–80; fatal
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Contemporary Examples of fatalist
King was a fatalist, resigned to whatever happened, telling aides he had no choice in how he would die, or when.
Historical Examples of fatalist
He is a fatalist, taking his profits and losses as if they were gifts or blows of Fortune.
Many a man has become a fatalist because he has fallen under the dominion of a single idea.
"Indeed, indeed," Asad agreed, grasping at the fatalist's consolation.
But I can't find it in me to behave like a fatalist, to sit down with folded hands.
“Their time was come,” said Daddy, who was a bit of a Fatalist.
British Dictionary definitions for fatalist
Derived Formsfatalist, nounfatalistic, adjectivefatalistically, adverb
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
1640s, in reference to the philosophical doctrine that all things are determined by fate; from fatal + -ist. General sense of "one who accepts every event as inevitable" is from 1734.
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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