fateful

[ feyt-fuhl ]
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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.

  1. controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable.

  2. prophetic; ominous.

Origin of fateful

1
First recorded in 1705–15; fate + -ful

synonym study For fateful

1, 4. See ominous.

Other words from fateful

  • fate·ful·ly, adverb
  • fate·ful·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with fateful

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British Dictionary definitions for fateful

fateful

/ (ˈfeɪtfʊl) /


adjective
  1. having important consequences; decisively important

  2. bringing death or disaster

  1. controlled by or as if by fate

  2. prophetic

Derived forms of fateful

  • fatefully, adverb
  • fatefulness, noun

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