Thesaurus

fateful

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of fateful

  1. bringing about ruin or misfortune a fateful encounter with a confidence man that they would long regret Synonyms of fateful calamitous, cataclysmal (or cataclysmic), catastrophic, damning, destructive, disastrous, fatal, ruinous, unfortunateWords Related to fateful apocalyptic (also apocalyptical); hapless, ill-fated, ill-starred, luckless; adverse, baleful, baneful, damaging, deleterious, detrimental, evil, harmful, hurtful, ill, injurious, noxious, pernicious, prejudicialNear Antonyms of fateful fluky (also flukey), fortuitous, fortunate, happy, lucky, providential; auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, hopeful, optimistic, promising, propitious, rose-colored, rosy, upbeat

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fateful? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to praise usually to excess

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!