Definition of fatality in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəˈtalɪti/

noun (plural fatalities)

1An occurrence of death by accident, in war, or from disease: 80 per cent of pedestrian fatalities occur in built-up areas
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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, loss, dead person;
fatal accident, tragedy, disaster, catastrophe, calamity
2 [mass noun] Helplessness in the face of fate: a sense of fatality gripped her
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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 or 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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