Definition of fatalism in English:

fatalism

Syllabification: fa·tal·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈfātlˌizəm
 
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noun

  • 1The belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.
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    • The difference reflects the difference between an eschatology of kingdom transformation and hope versus an eschatology of inevitable deterioration and fatalism.
    • Waiting for the inevitable dose of fatalism this analogy provides is somewhat predicable but thoroughly enjoyable.
    • In the end, the novel's central characters embrace a blend of classical and Shakespearean fatalism mixed with existential solipsism.
  • 1.1A submissive outlook, resulting from a fatalistic attitude.
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    • In such circumstances, cynicism, passivity and a sense of fatalism can influence public attitudes.
    • Evidence also was lacking to show that attitudes of acceptance, fatalism, or denial affected outcomes.
    • When it comes to American jobs and the global economy, the best words to sum up public attitudes are frustration and fatalism.
    Synonyms
    passive acceptance, resignation, stoicism, acceptance of the inevitable; pessimism, defeatism, negativism, negative thinking, doom and gloom; predeterminism

Derivatives

fatalist

noun
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  • I'm a fatalist and I believe that once you are up there, there's nothing you can do.
  • Jeremy, an incurable fatalist, is convinced he's destined to marry her.
  • Yes, optimists should stand aside, but fatalists should, too.

fatalistic

Pronunciation: /ˌfātlˈistik/
adjective
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  • It's endlessly accommodating but rigidly fatalistic.
  • Contrary to what it might seem this is not a fatalistic or a pessimistic approach, but a realistic one.
  • Having said that, there is no place for a fatalistic attitude.

fatalistically

Pronunciation: /ˌfātlˈistik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • ‘Our species is unable to learn from its mistakes,’ he rejoins, fatalistically, in the last words of his lectures.
  • We know if we fatalistically accept nature's force, we are unlikely to build levees and devise plans.
  • His lawyer, a philosophical chain-smoker, suggests fatalistically that once the Pandora's box is open you can't put it back.

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