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
fatalistplay \ˈfā-tə-list\ noun
fatalisticplay \ˌfā-tə-ˈli-stik\ adjective
fatalisticallyplay \ˌfā-tə-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of fatalism in a Sentence
Many people seem to have developed a sense of fatalism about the war.
Recent Examples of fatalism from the Web
To hang out for a few days in some of Anchorage’s military surplus and survival gear stores is to hear a lot of casual fatalism like that.
When China did the same in 1964, similar fatalism was common.
That’s the only way to spare ourselves from fatalism.
From very early in his life, Einstein gave hints of a deep-seated streak of fatalism.
This is not an excuse for fatalism — doing nothing — nor an exoneration of President Trump’s casual dismissal of the Paris accord.
Michell, who not only directed but wrote the screenplay, establishes a tone in which fatalism mingles with the characters’ flaws.
Behind closed doors, a longtime House Republican staffer told me, a few lawmakers still wholeheartedly defend the president; among the rest, there are differing degrees of fatalism.
Pessimism replaced with confidence, fatalism defeated, and the club's global status only reinforced by the style -- dubbed tiki-taka -- that accompanied that success.
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First Known Use of fatalism
FATALISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fatalism for English Language Learners
: the belief that what will happen has already been decided and cannot be changed
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