F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feyt-l]
    • /ˈfeɪt l/
    • /ˈfeɪ.təl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feyt-l]
    • /ˈfeɪt l/

Definitions of fatal word

  • adjective fatal causing or capable of causing death; mortal; deadly: a fatal accident; a fatal dose of poison. 1
  • adjective fatal causing destruction, misfortune, ruin, or failure: The withdrawal of funds was fatal to the project. 1
  • adjective fatal decisively important; fateful: The fatal day finally arrived. 1
  • adjective fatal proceeding from or decreed by fate; inevitable: a fatal series of events. 1
  • adjective fatal influencing or concerned with fate; fatalistic. 1
  • adjective fatal Obsolete. doomed. 1

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Origin of fatal

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin fātālis of fate. See fate, -al1

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Parts of speech for Fatal


fatal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fatal usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fatal

adj fatal

  • catastrophic — Something that is catastrophic involves or causes a sudden terrible disaster.
  • calamitous — If you describe an event or situation as calamitous, you mean it is very unfortunate or serious.
  • mortal — subject to death; having a transitory life: all mortal creatures.
  • cataclysmic — A cataclysmic event is one that changes a situation or society very greatly, especially in an unpleasant way.
  • disastrous — causing great distress or injury; ruinous; very unfortunate; calamitous: The rain and cold proved disastrous to his health.

adjective fatal

  • deadly — If something is deadly, it is likely or able to cause someone's death, or has already caused someone's death.
  • lethal — of, relating to, or causing death; deadly; fatal: a lethal weapon; a lethal dose.
  • serious — of, showing, or characterized by deep thought.
  • grave — the grave accent.
  • critical — A critical time, factor, or situation is extremely important.

Antonyms for fatal

adj fatal

  • fortunate — having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky: a fortunate young actor who got the lead in the play.
  • healthy — possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.
  • harmless — without the power or desire to do harm; innocuous: He looks mean but he's harmless; a harmless Halloween prank.
  • assisting — to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
  • helpful — giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service: Your comments were very helpful.

adjective fatal

  • beneficial — Something that is beneficial helps people or improves their lives.

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