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fateful

[feyt-fuh l] /ˈfeɪt fəl/
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.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; fate + -ful
Related forms
fatefully, adverb
fatefulness, noun
Can be confused
fatal, fateful, fetal (see synonym study at fatal)
Synonyms
1, 4. See ominous.
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  • Hundreds went to see her barrel, on display in a big hotel lobby for ten days before her fateful ride.
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  • We didn't know it then, but that fateful decision gave us a career in music.
  • It forged a unique and fateful partnership with its host, eventually becoming the mitochondria of today.
  • We can't trace cancer to any single agent or fateful event.
  • Shortly after fertilization the cells of the future fly grub begin making their fateful choices.
  • When matter makes its fateful appearance, the shortest routes will curve.
  • Yet nothing will ever be known about that fateful transition until a theory of quantum gravity is successfully forged.
  • Selling a boat one has spent happy decades on is, in a way, a fateful decision.
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British Dictionary definitions for fateful

fateful

/ˈfeɪtfʊl/
adjective
1.
having important consequences; decisively important
2.
bringing death or disaster
3.
controlled by or as if by fate
4.
prophetic
Derived Forms
fatefully, adverb
fatefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fateful
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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