Definition of fatalism in English:


Syllabification: fa·tal·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈfādlˌizəm


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.
passive acceptance, resignation, stoicism, acceptance of the inevitable;
pessimism, defeatism, negativism, negative thinking, doom and gloom;



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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.


Pronunciation: /ˌfātlˈistik/
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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.


Pronunciation: /ˌfātlˈistik(ə)lē/
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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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