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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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  • They have a feel of fatally shutting down, fatefully closing in.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • We pushed on past sentinels, motionless, silent, fatefully awake.

  • 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

    John Burroughs

  • Rufus continued heavily, fatefully, gathering force with every word, as a loosened rock beginning to roll down a mountain side.


British Dictionary definitions for fatefully

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 fatefully

fateful

adj.

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

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