Meaning of fatality


Pronunciation: (fā-tal'i-tē, fu-), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. a disaster resulting in death.
  2. a death resulting from such an occurrence: a rise in highway fatalities.
  3. the quality of causing death or disaster; a fatal influence; deadliness.
  4. predetermined liability to disaster, misfortune, etc.: a fatality for saying the wrong thing.
  5. the quality of being predetermined by or subject to fate: There is a fatality in human affairs that leads to destruction.
  6. the fate or destiny of a person or thing: Death is the ultimate fatality of all human beings.
  7. a fixed, unalterably predetermined course of things; inevitability: to resign oneself to the fatality of life.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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