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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feyt-l-iz-uh m]
    • /ˈfeɪt lˌɪz əm/
    • /ˈfeɪ.təl.ɪ.zəm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feyt-l-iz-uh m]
    • /ˈfeɪt lˌɪz əm/

Definitions of fatalism word

  • noun fatalism the acceptance of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate: Her fatalism helped her to face death with stoic calm. 1
  • noun fatalism Philosophy. the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable predetermination. 1
  • noun fatalism The belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable. 1
  • noun fatalism defeatism, determinism 1
  • uncountable noun fatalism Fatalism is a feeling that you cannot control events or prevent unpleasant things from happening, especially when this feeling stops you from making decisions or making an effort. 0
  • noun fatalism the philosophical doctrine that all events are predetermined so that man is powerless to alter his destiny 0

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Origin of fatalism

First appearance:

before 1670
One of the 47% oldest English words
First recorded in 1670-80; fatal + -ism

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Parts of speech for Fatalism


fatalism popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fatalism

noun fatalism

  • acceptance — Acceptance of an offer or a proposal is the act of saying yes to it or agreeing to it.
  • stoicism — a systematic philosophy, dating from around 300 b.c., that held the principles of logical thought to reflect a cosmic reason instantiated in nature.
  • predestination — an act of predestinating or predestining.
  • predestinarian — of or relating to predestination.
  • determinism — Determinism is the belief that all actions and events result from other actions, events, or situations, so people cannot in fact choose what to do.

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