Definition of fatal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfādl/


1Causing death: a fatal accident
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  • But we know they are carrying a deadly parasite which has proved fatal to two species.
  • The result would be fatal to most motorists as vehicles are likely to be damaged.
  • This protects the foliage from cold and wind damage as even the walk between shop and car can be fatal to tender plants.
deadly, lethal, mortal, death-dealing;
terminal, incurable, untreatable, inoperable, malignant
literary deathly
1.1Leading to failure or disaster: there were three fatal flaws in the strategy
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  • However, a couple of fatal flaws in an otherwise solid defence proved costly.
  • It's a fatal flaw in what otherwise has the makings of an entertainingly quirky show.
  • However, when I'd finished the process I discovered a fatal flaw in the new software.
disastrous, devastating, ruinous, catastrophic, calamitous, dire;
formal grievous


Late Middle English (in the senses 'destined by fate' and 'ominous'): from Old French, from Latin fatalis, from fatum (see fate).

Words that rhyme with fatal

antenatal, hiatal, natal, neonatal, ratel

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Syllabification: fa·tal

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