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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
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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Examples 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

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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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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