fateful

[ feyt-fuhl ]
/ ˈfeɪt fəl /

adjective

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.
prophetic; ominous.

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Origin of fateful

First recorded in 1705–15; fate + -ful

synonym study for fateful

1, 4. See ominous.

OTHER WORDS FROM fateful

fate·ful·ly, adverbfate·ful·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fateful

fatal, fateful
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British Dictionary definitions for fateful

fateful
/ (ˈfeɪtfʊl) /

adjective

having important consequences; decisively important
bringing death or disaster
controlled by or as if by fate
prophetic

Derived forms of fateful

fatefully, adverbfatefulness, noun
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