Definition of fatalism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfādlˌizəm/


1The belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
passive acceptance, resignation, stoicism, acceptance of the inevitable;
pessimism, defeatism, negativism, negative thinking, doom and gloom;



Pronunciation: /ˈfād(ə)list/
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: fa·tal·ism

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