Definition of fatalism in US English:

fatalism

noun

  • 1The belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.

    • ‘The play is one of the most potent amalgams of the Bard's keen psychological observation, tragic fatalism, and bitingly intelligent verbal and conceptual humor.’
    • ‘While the book has hints of exasperation and annoyance, it does not descend into fatalism or inevitability, always seeking to expose the basis of creative pathways for forestry.’
    • ‘This isn't exactly despair, or fatalism, or condemnation, or stoicism.’
    • ‘In the end, the novel's central characters embrace a blend of classical and Shakespearean fatalism mixed with existential solipsism.’
    • ‘Instead, it's a practical sort of fatalism that breeds a desire for death.’
    • ‘Previous efforts to understand attitudes toward early detection have sometimes assigned a significant role to the specific concept of cancer fatalism and fatalism generally.’
    • ‘If we are to circumvent the immobilizing effects of political fatalism and cynicism, the political imagination must find a basis for hope in the future.’
    • ‘At this stage there is a cultural or philosophical change from fatalism and determinism towards entrepreneurship and the taking of risks.’
    • ‘A strong belief in fatalism, that things are meant to be exactly as they are, and the Islamic principal of giving to those in need, lends to the acceptance of social and economic inequality.’
    • ‘The lack of historical consciousness breeds skepticism and fatalism.’
    • ‘Waiting for the inevitable dose of fatalism this analogy provides is somewhat predicable but thoroughly enjoyable.’
    • ‘The difference reflects the difference between an eschatology of kingdom transformation and hope versus an eschatology of inevitable deterioration and fatalism.’
    • ‘People imbued with intensely tribal values often alternate between manic activism and depressed fatalism.’
    • ‘More disturbing is the movie's sentimental fatalism about the inevitability of violence.’
    • ‘But the waves of pure love always have their own logic, rationality and fatalism.’
    • ‘Free will rather than fatalism characterizes the operation of karma.’
    • ‘The relationship between fatalism, spirituality, and health promoting behaviors in African American women must be further examined.’
    • ‘The fatalism that goes with monism suits both her toughness and her optimism.’
    • ‘Their fatalism, existential conflict and schizophrenia are very close to Greek tragedy.’
    1. 1.1 A submissive outlook, resulting from a fatalistic attitude.
      • ‘When it comes to American jobs and the global economy, the best words to sum up public attitudes are frustration and fatalism.’
      • ‘There is a similar sense of fatalism in the way that many contemporary radicals view the USA.’
      • ‘In such circumstances, cynicism, passivity and a sense of fatalism can influence public attitudes.’
      • ‘This engendered a longing for normalcy, a sense of fatalism and passivity, but, ironically, also a willingness to take risks.’
      • ‘A resulting sense of fatalism often reduced their motivation to protect their sexual health.’
      • ‘The new sense of vulnerability brought to it a kind of fatalism that was always part of the New York attitude.’
      • ‘By now, we may have expected a mood of depressed fatalism to have overtaken Britain.’
      • ‘The more widely this is known, the more it is likely to promote a sense of fatalism, as people ditch their diet or fall off the wagon and blame it on their genes.’
      • ‘There is a sense of fatalism in his writings - Britain was set on this course and he could not do much about it.’
      • ‘But young Muslims, like Muslims of my generation, also have a sense of fatalism.’
      • ‘His eyewitness account describes the progressive stranglehold devised by the Turks and the sense of fatalism that developed within the city.’
      • ‘Recent hurricanes have swept on inexorably, bringing with them a range of responses - fear, alarm, stoicism, fatalism, and self-defence.’
      • ‘But when you talk to people, if you watch the television, if you listen to the radio, there's a real degree of acceptance, of fatalism.’
      • ‘However, when it comes to the medical profession, humour must be firmly based on reality, as it seriously strives to replace fatalism with optimism in the patients.’
      • ‘School violence is being assimilated into the broader sense of fatalism and passivity about the perpetration of violence in our nation and in our world.’
      • ‘You know, what I sense is a sense of fatalism and defeatism that I just reject.’
      • ‘It's pretty hard to do it in a desert and against a sense of fatalism.’
      • ‘The search is mostly conducted in silence, perhaps out of fatigue tempered by a grim sense of fatalism.’
      • ‘The film benefits from pared-down, naturalistic cinematography and performances, as well as a pervasive sense of fatalism.’
      • ‘Evidence also was lacking to show that attitudes of acceptance, fatalism, or denial affected outcomes.’
      passive acceptance, resignation, acceptance, acceptance of the inevitable, stoicism
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Pronunciation

fatalism

/ˈfeɪdlˌɪzəm//ˈfādlˌizəm/