[feyt-l-iz-uh m]


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 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
Can be confuseddeterminism fatalism necessitarianism
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Examples from the Web for fatalistically

Historical Examples of fatalistically

  • He abandoned himself hopelessly, fatalistically to his destiny.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • "Shore, they'll be somethin' doin' to-day," said Jim, fatalistically.

  • "They'll all be devils," returned Mrs. Nitschkan fatalistically.

    The Black Pearl

    Mrs. Wilson Woodrow

  • Adela Sellingworth is said to have behaved most fatalistically when the story came out.

    December Love

    Robert Hichens

  • But the old woman said often, fatalistically, "They will not always escape—but it will be for France."

    The Tin Soldier

    Temple Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for fatalistically



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 fatalistically



1670s, from fatal + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fatalistically in Culture


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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