fatality

noun fa·tal·i·ty \ fā-ˈta-lə-tē , fə- \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of fatality

plural fatalities
1 a : the quality or state of causing death or destruction
b : the quality or condition of being destined for disaster
2 : something established by fate
3 a : fate 1
b : fatalism
4 : the agent or agency of fate
5 a : death resulting from a disaster
b : one that experiences a fatal outcome

Examples of fatality in a Sentence

  1. The car crash caused one fatality and several serious injuries.

  2. the grim reminder that every holiday weekend inevitably results in a slew of highway fatalities

Recent Examples of fatality from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of fatality

Middle French fatalité, from Late Latin fatalitat-, fatalitas, from Latin fatalis

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FATALITY Defined for English Language Learners

fatality

noun

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

fatality

noun fa·tal·i·ty \ fā-ˈta-lə-tē \

Definition of fatality for Students

plural fatalities
: a death resulting from a disaster or accident

Medical Dictionary

fatality

noun fa·tal·i·ty \ fā-ˈtal-ət-ē, fə- \

medical Definition of fatality

plural fatalities
1 : the quality or state of causing death or destruction : deadliness
  • the degree of fatality of a disease
2 a : death resulting from a disaster
  • a car crash causing several fatalities
b : one who suffers such a death
  • one of the fatalities was a small child


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