fatality

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noun fa·tal·i·ty \fā-ˈta-lə-tē, fə-\

Definition of fatality

plural

fatalities

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of causing death or destruction b :  the quality or condition of being destined for disaster

  2. 2 :  something established by fate

  3. 3 a :  fate 1 b :  fatalism

  4. 4 :  the agent or agency of fate

  5. 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>

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

fatality

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noun fa·tal·i·ty \fā-ˈta-lə-tē, fə-\

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

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noun fa·tal·i·ty \fā-ˈta-lə-tē\

Definition of fatality for Students

plural

fatalities

  1. :  a death resulting from a disaster or accident


Medical Dictionary

fatality

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noun fa·tal·i·ty \fā-ˈtal-ət-ē, fə-\

Medical Definition of fatality

plural

fatalities

  1. 1:  the quality or state of causing death or destruction :  deadliness <the degree of fatality of a disease>

  2. 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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