- 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.
Origin of fateful
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1, 4. See ominous.
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Examples from the Web for fatefully
Fatefully, Wilson did not insist that American business stay neutral in deed.A Noble Failure: Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency Considered
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Perhaps most fatefully, gone was any explicit pledge to formalize the agreement as a binding treaty next year.Talk About a Climate Catastrophe
December 19, 2009
But Pandit had many enablers for this fatefully wrong-headed decision: his board of directors.Why Has Citigroup Banked on Richard Parsons?
January 27, 2009
They have a feel of fatally shutting down, fatefully closing in.I, Mary MacLane
We pushed on past sentinels, motionless, silent, fatefully awake.With the French in France and Salonika
Richard Harding Davis
No service is done to an author like Stevenson by fatefully praising him for precisely the wrong thing.Robert Louis Stevenson
Alexander H. Japp
It was as if half a century of past time had fatefully for moments turned back.Fresh Fields
Rufus continued heavily, fatefully, gathering force with every word, as a loosened rock beginning to roll down a mountain side.The Tidal Wave and Other Stories
Ethel May Dell
- having important consequences; decisively important
- bringing death or disaster
- controlled by or as if by fate
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Word Origin and History for fatefully
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