fatality

noun
fa·​tal·​i·​ty | \ fā-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce fatality (audio) , fə- \
plural fatalities

Definition of fatality

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Although good news was slim, Vose also noted that 41% of all U.S. counties had experienced a natural disaster, and 688 people died last year in the U.S. as a result of a disaster — the highest fatality count for the country via disaster in a decade. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Jan. 2022 The Davis Polk investigators confirmed news reports that the state Department of Health wanted to include those hospital deaths in the state's nursing home fatality count. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 The Davis Polk investigators confirmed press reports that the state Department of Health wanted to include those hospital deaths in the state's nursing home fatality count. Fox News, 20 Nov. 2021 More Oregonians died from COVID-19 complications in the past three months than during any similar timeframe of the pandemic, exceeding the fatality count from last fall and winter. oregonlive, 2 Nov. 2021 The fatality count was expected to rise as Haitians frantically searched for hundreds of people still missing on Sunday. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2021 In an effort to come up with a more reliable fatality count, reporters with the Indigenous Investigative Collective made multiple public-records requests for death records held by state medical examiners of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Anchorage Daily News, 21 June 2021 Fifteen more people were reported dead from COVID-19 Saturday, bringing to 8,462 the disease’s fatality count in Maryland, the data shows. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, 24 Apr. 2021 Last racing year, the track had reduced its fatality count to 16. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fatality

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fatality

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

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28 May 2022

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“Fatality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatality. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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fatality

noun
fa·​tal·​i·​ty | \ fā-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce fatality (audio) \
plural fatalities

Kids Definition of fatality

: a death resulting from a disaster or accident

fatality

noun
fa·​tal·​i·​ty | \ fā-ˈtal-ət-ē, fə- How to pronounce fatality (audio) \
plural fatalities

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 fatalities
b : one who suffers such a death one of the fatalities was a small child

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