fatalism

noun

fa·​tal·​ism ˈfā-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce fatalism (audio)
: a doctrine that events are fixed in advance so that human beings are powerless to change them
also : a belief in or attitude determined by this doctrine
fatalism that regards social problems as simply inevitable
fatalist noun
fatalistic adjective
fatalistically adverb

Examples of fatalism in a Sentence

Many people seem to have developed a sense of fatalism about the war.
Recent Examples on the Web Filmed in snowy Vancouver and set to some of the most melancholy songs Leonard Cohen ever recorded, the film lets a sense of fatalism hang over even its lightest moments. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 13 Mar. 2024 Perhaps nothing is an expression of greater faith in her mother than this rejection of the fatalism that defined her. Emily Harnett, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 More broadly, austerity has contributed to an atmosphere of fatalism, an aversion to thinking about the future. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Then, in an arrestingly strange coda, the director himself steps forth and, with a sad fatalism that Francis Parkman might have appreciated, brings the saga to its close. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for fatalism 

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fatalism was in 1678

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“Fatalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatalism. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fatalism

noun
fa·​tal·​ism ˈfāt-ᵊl-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce fatalism (audio)
: the belief or attitude that events are decided in advance by powers beyond one's control
fatalist noun
fatalistic adjective
fatalistically adverb

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