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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 of fateful
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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  • After his fateful conversation with his father he had left the house in Warwick Gardens to wander he knew and cared not whither.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • The fateful exodus of the day had evidently slipped his memory entirely.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • When the vessel was far away the fateful disease released its grip on his body.

    The House of the Misty Star Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
  • The three weeks prior to the fateful fourteenth had been crowded with activities.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The count gazed long at the fateful letter, trying to comprehend its meaning.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
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.

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