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fateful

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adjective fate·ful \ˈfāt-fəl\

Simple Definition of fateful

  • : having important results : producing a serious and usually bad result

Full Definition of fateful

  1. 1 :  having a quality of ominous prophecy <a fateful remark>

  2. 2 a :  involving momentous consequences :  decisive <made his fateful decision to declare war — W. L. Shirer> b :  deadly, catastrophic

  3. 3 :  controlled by fate :  foreordained

fate·ful·ly play \-fə-lē\ adverb
fate·ful·ness noun

Examples of fateful

  1. His life changed on that fateful November evening.

  2. Hundreds perished on that fateful day.

  3. Her campaign took a fateful turn.



Circa 1720

First Known Use of fateful

circa 1720

Synonym Discussion of fateful

ominous, portentous, fateful mean having a menacing or threatening aspect. ominous implies having a menacing, alarming character foreshadowing evil or disaster <ominous rumblings from the volcano>. portentous suggests being frighteningly big or impressive but now seldom definitely connotes forewarning of calamity <an eerie and portentous stillness>. fateful suggests being of momentous or decisive importance <the fateful conference that led to war>.

Rhymes with fateful



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