having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous: a fateful meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
fatal, deadly, or disastrous.
controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable.
- fate·ful·ly, adverb
- fate·ful·ness, noun
- fatal, fateful
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How to use fateful in a sentence
Just like that fateful 911 call, the first reports about the shooting – made public by police officials and published by local media outlets – were characterized by falsehoods and information gaps.Secrecy, Misinformation Defined Every Turn in Police Shooting Case | Sara Libby | August 17, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
For the first few decades, Wheaties athletes were depicted on the back of the box, but in 1958 the brand made a fateful choice.What’s Rarer Than Gold? Making It Onto A Wheaties Box. | Kaleigh Rogers | August 6, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
There was this fateful day when you observed a chimpanzee sticking a stalk of grass into a termite hole and then pulling out the stalk that was now covered in termites and eating them.Jane Goodall reveals what studying chimpanzees teaches us about human nature | Sigal Samuel | July 23, 2021 | Vox
In a potentially fateful decision, it funded work similar to Baric’s at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which soon used its own reverse-genetics technology to make numerous coronavirus chimeras.Inside the risky bat-virus engineering that links America to Wuhan | Rowan Jacobsen | June 29, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
This week on a music-themed edition of Wherever You Get Your Podcasts, we take a deep dive into hip-hop’s history, learn about a king’s fateful haircut, discover the lost music of Tanzania and explore the multifaceted glory that is the Dollyverse.
The Malaysian crew said they could not comply—the report gives no reason for what was very likely a fateful decision.
Lindsay Lohan was also spotted at the restaurant that fateful night.The Tiny Prince of Ibiza Parties On, While Kim and Paris Make Peace | Amy Zimmerman | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On that fateful Friday, July 13th, Sanders joined Democratic staff investigator Scott Armstrong in questioning Butterfield.
In the wake of that fateful 2008 evening, Cotillard has worked for, and alongside, some of the biggest names in Hollywood.Marion Cotillard on Playing a Prostitute in ‘The Immigrant’ and Seducing America | Marlow Stern | May 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few days after this fateful visit, each visionary reported seeing images of rivers of blood and headless corpses.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide? | Nina Strochlic | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the music wailed its dying cadences into this fateful silence, Tom met her eyes across the room.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Winifred, naturally a high-spirited and lively girl, soon recovered from the fright of that fateful Sunday evening.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
But the immediate interest centres in the fateful attempt to relieve the castle of Stirling.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
She had declared that she arrived at Hill Street about seven o'clock on that fateful second of September.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
On this fateful date, the feature had been completed and the afterpiece was being enacted.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
British Dictionary definitions for fateful
having important consequences; decisively important
bringing death or disaster
controlled by or as if by fate
- fatefully, adverb
- fatefulness, noun
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