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fateful

[feyt-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous: a fateful meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
  2. fatal, deadly, or disastrous.
  3. controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable.
  4. prophetic; ominous.
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Origin of fateful

First recorded in 1705–15; fate + -ful
Related formsfate·ful·ly, adverbfate·ful·ness, noun
Can be confusedfatal fateful fetal (see synonym study at fatal)

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1, 4. See ominous.
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  • On this fateful day, she alone was oppressed with strange forebodings.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

  • The continued shocks since that fateful night of the cards had told upon me.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The fateful exodus of the day had evidently slipped his memory entirely.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • The fateful day had come and gone, yet London stood where it did before.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • The three weeks prior to the fateful fourteenth had been crowded with activities.

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for fateful

fateful

adjective
  1. having important consequences; decisively important
  2. bringing death or disaster
  3. controlled by or as if by fate
  4. prophetic
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Derived Formsfatefully, adverbfatefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fateful

adj.

1710s, "prophetic," from fate + -ful. Meaning "of momentous consequences" is from c.1800. Related: Fatefully.

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