fa·​tal·​ism | \ ˈfā-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce fatalism (audio) \

Definition of fatalism

: 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

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Other Words from fatalism

fatalist \ ˈfā-​tə-​list How to pronounce fatalist (audio) \ noun
fatalistic \ ˌfā-​tə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce fatalistic (audio) \ adjective
fatalistically \ ˌfā-​tə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce fatalistically (audio) \ 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 Aside from exploiting Dennehy’s stature, the other great achievement of this production was how Mark Wendland’s scenic design stripped away the clutter of American realism in favor of expressionistic fatalism. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Brian Dennehy and the great Chicago ‘Death of a Salesman' are back to haunt us anew," 22 Oct. 2020 As the fatalism of Trumpism builds, even that might change. al, "Don’t vote for stupid," 5 Oct. 2020 But such fatalism, however admirable, might not be a selling point for a tour operator, and in five seasons of offering these tours, Voygr Expeditions has maintained a perfect streak of sightings. Maggie Shipstead, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spotting Snow Leopards in the Himalayas," 5 Oct. 2020 This is not a story of pessimistic fatalism, of inevitable decline. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "How The Pandemic Revealed Britain’s National Illness," 12 Aug. 2020 That same interplay between fatalism and ebullience is woven throughout Shoot for the Stars, which embodies the qualities that drew fans to earlier records. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Unfinished Business of a Young Rap Star," 7 July 2020 It is connected to fatalism — the belief that nothing can be done because problems are too deep and numerous. Nat Kendall-taylor, STAT, "Why were we so late responding to Covid-19? Blame it on our culture and brains," 6 July 2020 Whether rooted in fatigue, dismissal, or fatalism, that indifference has scared Iranian public health officials into issuing increasingly dire warnings. BostonGlobe.com, "239 specialists: The coronavirus is airborne," 5 July 2020 Whether rooted in fatigue, dismissal or fatalism, that indifference has scared Iranian public health officials into issuing increasingly dire warnings. Washington Post, "Iran mandates masks as public shrugs off resurgent virus," 5 July 2020

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First Known Use of fatalism

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fatalism was in 1678

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29 Oct 2020

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“Fatalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatalism. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fatalism

: the belief that what will happen has already been decided and cannot be changed

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