fatal vs fateful : Common Errors in English

About fatal vs fateful

A “fatal” event is a deadly one; a “fateful” one is determined by fate. If there are no casualties left lying at the scene—whether mangled corpses or failed negotiations—the word you are seeking is “fateful.” The latter word also has many positive uses, such as “George fondly remembered that fateful night in which he first met the woman he was to love to his dying day.”

fatal Meaning(s)

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

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

fatal in News

  1. Fatal car crash in suburban WPB

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a fatal single vehicle rollover crash on Forest Hill Boulevard and Bresee Road in suburban West Palm Beach.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: WPTV West Palm Beach

  2. Fatal-case filing: Driver sought help to 'get out of here'

    Fatal-case filing: Driver sought help to 'get out of here' Times Union Copyright 2013 Times Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 1:18 pm, Thursday, June 13, 2013 In February a grand jury handed up an 11-count indictment against Brendan Hoffman, charging him with aggravated vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

  3. Fatal crash on I-45 in Conroe happens just north of separate big-rig rollover

    Fatal crash on I-45 in Conroe happens just north of separate big-rig rollover Houston Chronicle Copyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 10:44 am, Thursday, June 13, 2013 At least one person died in a traffic crash on Interstate 45 in Conroe early Thursday morning. The wreck occurred about 7:30 a.m ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Houston 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 13, 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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