faithful vs fateful : Common Errors in English

About faithful vs fateful

That decisive, highly significant day is not “faithful” but “fateful.” Although the phrase “fateful day” can refer to a day significant in a positive way (“the fateful day that I first met the my lovely wife”), “fatal” is always negative (“the fatal day that I first tried to ride my bike ‘no hands’”).

faithful Meaning(s)

  • (n) any loyal and steadfast following
  • (n) a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church
  • (a) steadfast in affection or allegiance
  • (s) marked by fidelity to an original
  • (a) not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend

fateful Meaning(s)

  • (s) (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
  • (s) controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined
  • (s) having momentous consequences; of decisive importance
  • (s) ominously prophetic

faithful in News

  1. Faithful Friends' "little warrior" fights a big battle

    Volunteers at Rowan's Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary named the wobbling puppy Wyatt because it means "Little Warrior."
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Salisbury Post

  2. Silent night, quacky night: 'Duck Dynasty' Christmas album coming

    O come, all ye faithful "Duck Dynasty" fans: Santa Claus is not the only jolly man with a beard who will be celebrating Christmas this year.        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. Stewart County Faithful Friends Animal Rescue attends Animal Care Expo

    Three members of Stewart County Faithful Friends Animal Rescue (SCFFAR) attended the Animal Care Expo hosted by the Humane Society of the United States at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville from May 9-11.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Leaf Chronicle

fateful in News

  1. Mini Reviews

    OPENING THIS WEEK BEFORE MIDNIGHT: Nine years after a fateful rendezvous in Paris and nearly two decades since their first meeting, an American writer and a French environmentalist once again spend an evening discussing life and love.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Athens Banner-Herald

  2. GOP Rep. Trent Franks Pulls An Akin? ‘The Incidence Of Rape Resulting In Pregnancy Are Very Low’ (AUDIO)

    During a House judiciary hearing Wednesday, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) echoed the fateful statements about "legitimate rape" by Republican senate nominee Todd Akin that effectively killed his campaign last year. Arguing in favor of his own bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, Franks reportedly said, "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low."
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Mediaite

  3. Pie Five Pizza Co. to Open First Franchise in North Carolina

    One fateful lunch in Texas, and veteran restaurateur Michael Understein was ready to take Pie Five home.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance

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