fatalism

noun
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.

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For critics, that sort of fatalism is a key problem with aid-in-dying laws. Washington Post, "In the face of death, the party of a lifetime," 26 Aug. 2019 For critics, that sort of fatalism is a key problem with aid-in-dying laws. Gene Johnson, USA TODAY, "In the face of death, a marriage and the party of a lifetime," 26 Aug. 2019 For critics, that sort of fatalism is a key problem with aid-in-dying laws. Gene Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Terminal cancer patient ends suffering on his terms," 26 Aug. 2019 For critics, that sort of fatalism is a key problem with aid-in-dying laws. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "In the face of death: How a Seattle man celebrated his life, then ended it," 26 Aug. 2019 Resignation, guilt, and fatalism can result in not only eco-anxiety but also eco-paralysis. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Help! Climate Change Is Stressing Me Out," 8 Aug. 2019 There is a strange fatalism to the argument that pixel-tracking’s ubiquity is a testament to its permanence, and to the framing of these technologies, and their misuse, as inevitable. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "What the Superhuman Controversy Reveals About the Shifting Ethics of Software," 17 July 2019 In particular the subgenre of American short fiction known as minimalism captures … Characterized by the caprice and fatalism of fairy tales, the fiction of Shirley Jackson exerts a mordant, hypnotic spell. The New York Review of Books, "Joyce Carol Oates," 9 May 2019 But this particular dose of Irish fatalism—things could always be worse, so buck up and smile—always seemed worth remembering. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "How to Handle Rejection When You Never Applied," 3 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of fatalism

1678, in the meaning defined above

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fatalism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fatalism

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

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