fateful

adjective fate·ful \ ˈfāt-fəl \

Definition of fateful

1 :having a quality of ominous prophecy
  • a fateful remark
2 a :involving momentous consequences :decisive
  • made his fateful decision to declare war
  • —W. L. Shirer
3 :controlled by fate :foreordained

fatefully

play \ˈfāt-fə-lē\ adverb

fatefulness

noun

Examples of fateful in a Sentence

  1. His life changed on that fateful November evening.

  2. Hundreds perished on that fateful day.

  3. Her campaign took a fateful turn.

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First Known Use of fateful

circa 1720

Synonym Discussion of fateful

ominous, portentous, fateful mean having a menacing or threatening aspect. ominous implies having a menacing, alarming character foreshadowing evil or disaster.
    • ominous rumblings from the volcano
portentous suggests being frighteningly big or impressive but now seldom definitely connotes forewarning of calamity.
    • an eerie and portentous stillness
fateful suggests being of momentous or decisive importance.
    • the fateful conference that led to war

FATEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

fateful

adjective

Definition of fateful for English Language Learners

  • : having important results : producing a serious and usually bad result


FATEFUL Defined for Kids

fateful

adjective fate·ful \ ˈfāt-fəl \

Definition of fateful for Students

:having serious results
  • a fateful decision


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