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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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  • Rufus continued heavily, fatefully, gathering force with every word, as a loosened rock beginning to roll down a mountain side.

  • They have a feel of fatally shutting down, fatefully closing in.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • It was as if half a century of past time had fatefully for moments turned back.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • No service is done to an author like Stevenson by fatefully praising him for precisely the wrong thing.

    Robert Louis Stevenson Alexander H. Japp
  • We pushed on past sentinels, motionless, silent, fatefully awake.

  • In a fatefully unlucky moment he began to try to be an elephant, and thenceforward happiness forsook him.

  • One evening he went to the boulevard, his feet leading him fatefully to the dealer's shop.

    Pierre Grassou Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for fatefully

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 fatefully

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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