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[feyt-l-iz-uh m] /ˈfeɪt lˌɪz əm/
the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate:
Her fatalism helped her to face death with stoic calm.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable predetermination.
Origin of fatalism
1670-80; fatal + -ism
Related forms
fatalist, noun
fatalistic, adjective
fatalistically, adverb
nonfatalistic, adjective
quasi-fatalistic, adjective
quasi-fatalistically, adverb
unfatalistic, adjective
unfatalistically, adverb
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fatalistic
  • But the tone is of fatalistic humour, not anguished exasperation.
  • The trope seemed to me both a bit arrogant and oddly fatalistic.
  • fatalistic preaching comes easily from the sources of the the wars of the twentieth century.
  • Let's not get all fatalistic about the small short-term price elasticity of gas.
  • These days, the mood here is chastened when not downright fatalistic.
  • Blaming the other guy is useless, irresponsible, and fatalistic.
  • My husband is inclined to follow their fatalistic view, and bad example.
  • She, in turn, seems unconvincingly fatalistic about their romantic and professional futures.
  • Decisions to climb or descend, rest or trudge on, get made with a fatalistic shrug.
  • She is fatalistic and hedonistic, living entirely in the present moment.
British Dictionary definitions for fatalistic


the philosophical doctrine that all events are predetermined so that man is powerless to alter his destiny
the acceptance of and submission to this doctrine
a lack of effort or action in the face of difficulty
Derived Forms
fatalist, noun
fatalistic, adjective
fatalistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for fatalistic

1832, from fatalist + -ic.



1670s, from fatal + -ism.

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fatalistic in Culture

fatalism definition

The belief that events are determined by an impersonal fate and cannot be changed by human beings. Fatalism is a form of determinism.

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