a disaster resulting in death.
a death resulting from such an occurrence: a rise in highway fatalities.
the quality of causing death or disaster; a fatal influence; deadliness.
predetermined liability to disaster, misfortune, etc.: a fatality for saying the wrong thing.
the quality of being predetermined by or subject to fate: There is a fatality in human affairs that leads to destruction.
the fate or destiny of a person or thing: Death is the ultimate fatality of all human beings.
a fixed, unalterably predetermined course of things; inevitability: to resign oneself to the fatality of life.
- non·fa·tal·i·ty, noun, plural non·fa·tal·i·ties.
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How to use fatality in a sentence
New York and New Jersey in particular saw hundreds of deaths a day in April, quickly contributing to the country’s total number of fatalities.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump | Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
New York and New Jersey in particular recorded hundreds of deaths a day in April, quickly contributing to the country’s total number of fatalities.Trump blames blue states for the coronavirus death toll — but most recent deaths have been in red states | Philip Bump | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
If we compare the necessary spread to achieve herd immunity with the fatality rate, we get a wide range of possible death tolls from the virus.The problem with Trump’s ‘herd mentality’ line isn’t the verbal flub. It’s the mass death. | Philip Bump | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
The country’s chief medical officers said Sunday that the Covid-19 fatality rate among those ages 5 to 14 is lower than most seasonal flu infections.Boris Johnson is urging parents to send their children back to school this fall | kdunn6 | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
Just this past week, California, Florida and Texas, along with a handful of other states, saw record spikes in fatalities.Some Republicans Have Gotten More Concerned About COVID-19 | Dhrumil Mehta (firstname.lastname@example.org) | July 31, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Just as Obama was heading back to his house that night, a 14-year-old named Kevin Diaz became the latest Chicago gun fatality.Brooklyn Shooting Hits Close to Bill de Blasio’s Park Slope Home | Michael Daly | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Good Wife introduced its potentially fatal fatality into a world already in flux.Life After TV Death: How Shows Like ‘Game of Thrones’ Kill Your Favorite Characters | Phillip Maciak | April 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They're neither rising nor falling, and the highest fatality shooting took place while the assault-weapons ban was in place.Department of Awful Statistics: Are Mass Shootings Really On the Rise? | Megan McArdle | January 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The gun-fatality rate for blacks far exceeds that for whites.
A 26-year-old man was the first fatality of the riots, found shot in his car.
Many, however, are not aware of the fatality attending its use by the brute creation.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
By a strange fatality, they were generally purblind, and always shyed most fearfully when an Opposition coach approached them.
She had fallen in love; fallen with the fatality of the Lemprieres, and with the fine precipitate sweep of her own genius.The Creators | May Sinclair
You would not believe me: you went this morning to St. Catherine's, and by a fatality the prince was there and saw you.'Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Misfortune, fatality, had willed that a drop of water thicker than the surrounding medium should pass through one of the mollusks.Urania | Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for fatality
an accident or disaster resulting in death
a person killed in an accident or disaster
the power of causing death or disaster; deadliness
the quality or condition of being fated
something caused or dictated by fate
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