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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feyt-fuh l]
    • /ˈfeɪt fəl/
    • /ˈfeɪt.fəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feyt-fuh l]
    • /ˈfeɪt fəl/

Definitions of fateful word

  • adjective fateful having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous: a fateful meeting between the leaders of the two countries. 1
  • adjective fateful fatal, deadly, or disastrous. 1
  • adjective fateful controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable. 1
  • adjective fateful prophetic; ominous. 1
  • noun fateful Having far-reaching and typically disastrous consequences or implications. 1
  • adjective fateful ominous, prophetic 1

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Origin of fateful

First appearance:

before 1705
One of the 50% oldest English words
First recorded in 1705-15; fate + -ful

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Parts of speech for Fateful


fateful popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% 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 fateful

adj fateful

  • decisive — If a fact, action, or event is decisive, it makes it certain that there will be a particular result.
  • crucial — If you describe something as crucial, you mean it is extremely important.
  • momentous — of great or far-reaching importance or consequence: a momentous day.
  • acute — An acute accent is a symbol that is placed over vowels in some languages in order to indicate how that vowel is pronounced or over one letter in a word to indicate where it is stressed. You refer to a letter with this accent as, for example, e acute. For example, there is an acute accent over the letter 'e' in the French word 'café'.
  • apocalyptic — Apocalyptic means relating to the total destruction of something, especially of the world.

adjective fateful

  • historic — well-known or important in history: a historic building; historic occasions.
  • eventful — Marked by interesting or exciting events.
  • unlucky — (of a person) not lucky; lacking good fortune; ill-fated.
  • unfortunate — suffering from bad luck: an unfortunate person.
  • tragic — characteristic or suggestive of tragedy: tragic solemnity.

Antonyms for fateful

adj fateful

  • insignificant — unimportant, trifling, or petty: Omit the insignificant details.
  • trivial — of very little importance or value; insignificant: Don't bother me with trivial matters.
  • unimportant — of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  • healthful — conducive to health; wholesome or salutary: a healthful diet.
  • healthy — possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.

adjective fateful

  • lucky — having or marked by good luck; fortunate: That was my lucky day.

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