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fatalism

[feyt-l-iz-uh m] /ˈfeɪt lˌɪz əm/
noun
1.
the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate:
Her fatalism helped her to face death with stoic calm.
2.
Philosophy. the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable predetermination.
Origin of fatalism
1670-1680
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
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  • The doctrine of Necessity is, in all essential particulars, identical with fatalism in its worst form.

  • The unexpected march of events had converted him to the doctrine of fatalism.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The fatalism of Islam was a fruitful source of devices for winning foreknowledge.

  • In other words, you yield to what Mr. Bryce calls "the fatalism of the multitude."

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • He says, suppose a child to be educated from his earliest youth in the principles of "fatalism," what then?

  • Her magnanimity, he tells us, is unexampled, and her fatalism pathetic.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • fatalism being their mother's last argument and always final, the children gave up.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The fatalism that was her mood so often now told her that these things had to be.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for fatalism

fatalism

/ˈfeɪtəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the philosophical doctrine that all events are predetermined so that man is powerless to alter his destiny
2.
the acceptance of and submission to this doctrine
3.
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 fatalism
n.

1670s, from fatal + -ism.

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fatalism 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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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