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Line breaks: fa¦tal|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪt(ə)lɪz(ə)m

Definition of fatalism in English:


[mass noun]
1The belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable: fatalism can breed indifference to the human costs of war
More 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 attitude to events, resulting from a fatalistic attitude: he experienced a sense of fatalism that kept his fear at bay
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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, acceptance, acceptance of the inevitable, stoicism;
defeatism, pessimism, negativism, negative thinking, gloominess, doom and gloom, gloom;



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.


Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • 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: /-ˈlɪstɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • ‘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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