Part of speech: noun

The doctrine that every event is predetermined and inevitable.

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Usage examples "fatalism":

  1. First, I found the whole modern world talking scientific fatalism; saying that everything is as it must always have been, being unfolded without fault from the beginning. - "Orthodoxy", G. K. Chesterton.
  2. I was willing to leave so many things which I could not control to the Deity, who probably could that she accused me of fatalism, and I was held to be little better than one of the wicked because I would not forecast the effects of what I did in the lives of others. - "An Open-Eyed Conspiracy--An Idyl of Saratoga", William Dean Howells.
  3. On the way home his curious fatalism took a sudden turn, and a feeling that Reynolds' letter surely awaited him made his heart glow. - "The Eagle's Heart", Hamlin Garland.