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 No fatalities were reported in the weekend’s string of bombings, but the risk of deaths was very high, Ehrlin said. Fox News, "Swedish police arrest 3 in bombings amid increase in gang violence," 5 Nov. 2019 The blackouts may have helped contain the destruction; as of Tuesday, no fatalities had been reported in connection to the fires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Washington Post, "PG&E’s role in Sonoma fire questioned as power outage frustrations grow," 29 Oct. 2019 No fatalities or missing persons have been reported. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "44,000 evacuations ordered in Healdsburg and Windsor as Kincade Fire grows," 26 Oct. 2019 There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries related to the storm, according to a release from the city of Dallas. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Mark Cuban and Texas Rangers donate to Dallas schools hit by tornado," 24 Oct. 2019 There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries in Texas on Monday, but Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says three people were hospitalized for evaluation of injuries that were not life-threatening. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tornado slams Dallas; 4 killed in Arkansas, Oklahoma," 21 Oct. 2019 As in Vietnam, the cost of the Afghanistan war to veterans—not just in fatalities or visible injuries, but in mental wellness, social adjustment, and economic participation—is significant and growing. Adam Wunische, The New Republic, "The Real Costs of the War in Afghanistan," 27 Sep. 2019 There were no fatalities or injuries in Friday morning's fire and investigators still don't have a cause or origin, Christensen said. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "2-alarm fire near Humble destroys two dozen homes, displaces 27 people," 23 Aug. 2019 Hurricane Barry made landfall Saturday in Louisiana, marking the first hurricane of the 2019 season and causing some areas to flood, though major damage was mostly avoided and no fatalities were reported. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "When you can expect Hurricane Barry's aftermath to hit Louisville," 15 July 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of fatality was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fatality

: a death that results from a disaster, accident, etc.
: a tendency to result in death


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


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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