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1An occurrence of death by accident, in war, or from disease.‘80 per cent of pedestrian fatalities occur in built-up areas’
fatal accident, tragedy, disaster, catastrophe, calamitydeath, casualty, mortality, victim, loss, dead personView synonyms
- ‘Conversely, only 5 percent of the fatalities resulted from accidents that occurred at cruising altitudes.’
- ‘Future fatalities and accidents can be avoided, so when can the improvement work start?’
- ‘Speaking of fatalities caused by friendly fire, she said questions are always raised about how they could be avoided.’
- ‘Machinery is still the main cause of serious injuries and fatalities on farms.’
- ‘The stretch of road where the accident happened has been the scene of other fatalities over recent years.’
- ‘Nineteen percent of USA road fatalities occur on low-volume roads.’
- ‘I have been looking at the accident statistics and have found out that many of the fatalities have nothing to do with speed.’
- ‘The death is the latest in a string of workplace fatalities in New Zealand.’
- ‘Still, I have some issues with the way the book glamourises a way of life and a professional culture that led to so many fatalities.’
- ‘I can barely think of any main road in our city which is not blighted by accidents and fatalities.’
- ‘In contrast, road accident fatalities only occur because of an unexpected event.’
- ‘As this natural weather phenomenon becomes more violent, more and more fatalities will occur.’
- ‘About three dozen boating fatalities per year involve waterfowl hunters.’
- ‘He also notes that in the last 10 years, most avalanche fatalities have involved skiers.’
- ‘Apart from the two fatalities, there have been two serious injury accidents and four minor collisions.’
- ‘In the last five years, however, that average has jumped to 28 avalanche fatalities per year.’
- ‘The hill has been the scene of several serious accidents in recent months, including a number of fatalities.’
- ‘Many fatalities occurred as a result of mudslides in deforested areas.’
2[mass noun] Helplessness in the face of fate.‘a sense of fatality gripped her’
- ‘There's a certain sense of fatality to it and there's no hope for you.’
- ‘Though this promise reeks of fatality and adolescent naïveté, it also seems more than reasonable considering the realm these young women inhabit.’
- ‘Here-like the other sites-there was a sense of fatality about the redundancies that had occurred.’
- ‘His literary instrument hacks deep into the malignancy eating away at our society, but still the tumour continues to grow, feeding on pessimism, fatality and dark, dark satire.’
- ‘They address matters of fate, fatality and finality with yet more weight and wit.’
Late 15th century (denoting the quality of causing death or disaster): from French fatalité or late Latin fatalitas, from Latin fatalis decreed by fate, from fatum (see fate). fatality dates from the mid 19th century.
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