adjective Date: circa 1720 1. having a quality of ominous prophecy <
a fateful remark
2. a. involving momentous consequences ; decisive <
made his fateful decision to declare war — W. L. Shirer
b. deadly, catastrophic 3. controlled by fate ; foreordained Synonyms: see ominousfatefully adverbfatefulness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fateful — fate|ful [ˈfeıtfəl] adj [usually before noun] having an important, especially bad, effect on future events fateful day/night/year etc ▪ The goalkeeper on that fateful day in 1954 was Fred Martin of Aberdeen. ▪ When his rent was raised, he made… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fateful — fate|ful [ feıtfəl ] adjective a fateful action, event, or time is one that has an important and usually bad effect on what happens in the future: Since that fateful day her life had not been worth living …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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