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 volcanoportentous 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
Examples of fateful in a Sentence
His life changed on that fateful November evening.
Hundreds perished on that fateful day.
Her campaign took a fateful turn.
Recent Examples on the WebLong before that fateful day in March 2021, Henry had affixed bold yellow lettering to the lattice that shields the bar’s patio from the street.
Adam Kincaid, ajc, 26 July 2022 The committee has thus far told a remarkable story of the events leading up to January 6 and on that fateful day (unchecked, it should be noted, by any meaningful cross-examination or other presentation in defense of Trump).
Elie Honig, CNN, 28 June 2022 The two faces, one of them in correspondence with the world and the other not, seem to illustrate what is fateful in identity.
New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The Julia Roberts connection proved to be especially fateful.
Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 There's no shortage of films about the JFK, but David Mamet's latest project about Kennedy's assassination could shed new light on what happened that fateful day in November 1963.
Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 28 June 2022 The effect was most prominent in babies whose mothers had been in their third trimester on that fateful day.
Rachel Yehuda, Scientific American, 18 June 2022 The crimes Trump committed that fateful day continue to be revealed during these hearings.
Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 17 June 2022 The role went to Teller, with Powell receiving that fateful July 2018 call that left him despondent.
Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 See More
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