Definition of fatality
Examples of fatality in a sentence
The car crash caused one fatality and several serious injuries.
the grim reminder that every holiday weekend inevitably results in a slew of highway fatalities
Origin and Etymology of fatality
Middle French fatalité, from Late Latin fatalitat-, fatalitas, from Latin fatalis
First Known Use: 15th century
FATALITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fatality for English Language Learners
: a death that results from a disaster, accident, etc.
: a tendency to result in death
FATALITY Defined for Kids
Definition of fatality for Students
: a death resulting from a disaster or accident
Medical Definition of fatality
1: the quality or state of causing death or destruction : deadliness the degree of fatality of a disease
2a: death resulting from a disaster a car crash causing several fatalitiesb: one who suffers such a death one of the fatalities was a small child
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