fateful fateful  /ˈfeɪt fəl/


  1. (adj) (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
  2. (adj) controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined
  3. (adj) having momentous consequences; of decisive importance
  4. (adj) ominously prophetic


  1. The 80th Congress returned to Washington this week to face its fateful calendar.
  2. In the fall of 1962, when his life took its fateful turn, Andrei Sakharov was not yet known to the world.
  3. The same citizens who share the duty of living with, and dying for, a country's most fateful decisions.


  1. Mother who lost 3 in drowning is on a mission, in spite of fear of water

    A Shreveport mother who lost three of her children drowning in the Red River three years ago has struggled with a fear of water since that fateful day, but her mission to make sure others can swim continues.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KSLA-TV Shreveport

  2. 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

  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


  1. In the book, serialised in The Mail on Sunday, Ms Thatcher adds: "From the fateful day of our lunch, telltale signs that something wasn't quite right began to emerge. Whereas previously you would never have had to say anything to her twice, because...
    on Aug 24, 2008 By: Margaret Thatcher Source: Times Online

  2. The June 7 election is "fateful ...... and an occasion to raise the voice for a free, independent state that is capable of and responsible for running its affairs," said Saad Hariri, son of the former prime minister and the current majority...
    on Feb 14, 2009 By: Saad Hariri Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We'll examine how the two financial giants struggled over derivatives in the fateful weeks and months leading up to the financial crisis and whether their fight fueled this crisis," Angelides said during his opening remarks.
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Phil Angelides Source: New York Daily News

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propriety propriety
/prə ˈpraɪ ə ti /