noun fa·tal·i·ty \fā-ˈta-lə-tē, fə-\

: a death that results from a disaster, accident, etc.

: a tendency to result in death

plural fa·tal·i·ties

Full Definition of FATALITY

a :  the quality or state of causing death or destruction
b :  the quality or condition of being destined for disaster
:  something established by fate
a :  fate 1
b :  fatalism
:  the agent or agency of fate
a :  death resulting from a disaster
b :  one that experiences a fatal outcome

Examples of FATALITY

  1. The car crash caused one fatality and several serious injuries.
  2. <the grim reminder that every holiday weekend inevitably results in a slew of highway fatalities>

Origin of FATALITY

Middle French fatalité, from Late Latin fatalitat-, fatalitas, from Latin fatalis
First Known Use: 15th century


noun fa·tal·i·ty \fā-ˈtal-ət-ē, fə-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural fa·tal·i·ties

Medical Definition of FATALITY

:  the quality or state of causing death or destruction :  deadliness <the degree of fatality of a disease>
a :  death resulting from a disaster <a car crash causing several fatalities> b :  one who suffers such a death <one of the fatalities was a small child>


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