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[feyt-fuh l] /ˈfeɪt fəl/

having momentous significance or consequences; decisively important; portentous:
a fateful meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
fatal, deadly, or disastrous.
controlled or determined by destiny; inexorable.
prophetic; ominous.
having important consequences; decisively important
bringing death or disaster
controlled by or as if by fate

1710s, “prophetic,” from fate + -ful. Meaning “of momentous consequences” is from c.1800. Related: Fatefully.


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