A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
1640s, in reference to the philosophical doctrine that all things are determined by fate; from fatal + -ist. General sense of "one who accepts every event as inevitable" is from 1734.
1670s, from fatal + -ism.
The belief that events are determined by an impersonal fate and cannot be changed by human beings. Fatalism is a form of determinism.