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Definition of "fateful" []

  • Vitally affecting subsequent events; being of great consequence; momentous: a fateful decision to counterattack. (adjective)
  • Controlled by or as if by fate; predetermined. (adjective)
  • Bringing death or disaster; fatal. (adjective)
  • Ominously prophetic; portentous: a fateful sign. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fateful" in a sentence
  • "I also uploaded the userpic I've used here as one of my photos - as it is obviously my smouldering wicked temptress photo. * chortle chortle* Actually, that stare is something James should be familiar with, as I think I used it quite a bit during a certain fateful night in Klute."
  • "Do you still recall the fateful night we crossed the Rio Grande?"
  • "Dad recalled the fateful day he lost his son to CNN ` s Larry King."