Definition of fatality in English:

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Pronunciation: /fāˈtalədē/
Pronunciation: /fəˈtalədē/

noun (plural fatalities)

1An occurrence of death by accident, in war, or from disease: shooting was heard and there were fatalities
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  • In contrast, road accident fatalities only occur because of an unexpected event.
  • Future fatalities and accidents can be avoided, so when can the improvement work start?
  • I can barely think of any main road in our city which is not blighted by accidents and fatalities.
death, casualty, mortality, victim;
fatal accident
1.1A person killed by accident, war, or disease: news reports said one of the fatalities was an eight-year-old boy
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  • The cause of Friday's fatality, which brought to nineteen the number of people killed during construction projects this year, is currently being investigated by the Health and Safety Authority.
  • So far this year, according to the International Shark Attack file, there have been 18 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, resulting in one fatality.
  • Over the past two years, at least 100 construction workers have been killed nationally - an average of one fatality every week.
2Helplessness in the face of fate: the plot needs a darker sense of fatality to cover its absurdities
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  • They address matters of fate, fatality and finality with yet more weight and wit.
  • There's a certain sense of fatality to it and there's no hope for you.
  • Here-like the other sites-there was a sense of fatality about the redundancies that had occurred.


Late 15th century (denoting the quality of causing death or disaster): from French fatalité, from late Latin fatalitas, from Latin fatalis 'decreed by fate', from fatum (see fate). sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with fatality

banality, duality, finality, ideality, legality, locality, modality, morality, natality, orality, reality, regality, rurality, tonality, totality, venality, vitality, vocality

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Syllabification: fa·tal·i·ty

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