Definition of fateful in US English:



  • Having far-reaching and often disastrous consequences or implications.

    ‘a fateful oversight’
    • ‘It is obvious that they expect him to make a more compelling case before such a fateful juncture is reached.’
    • ‘After that fateful year, they made it to the finals only four times and they lost each time in a close contest.’
    • ‘But one fateful night, she forgot to replace the capstone on the sacred spring.’
    • ‘This was the one time she misused her powers, and it proved to have fateful consequences.’
    • ‘It's a fateful symbiosis in a downward spiral of political aspiration.’
    • ‘For many, this was the horrifying, almost fateful consequence of the life he had led.’
    • ‘It was truly difficult to express into words what she had gone through on that fateful day.’
    • ‘Politically-motivated gregariousness and poor time organisation proved fateful.’
    • ‘She spoke with us about fateful encounters and the knowledge she has gleaned.’
    • ‘Both films follow three people whose lives become entangled after a fateful accident.’
    • ‘Then late in the summer comes the fateful day when you discover your results.’
    • ‘Fifty years after that first, fateful visit to Recreation Park, he saw silverware raised aloft.’
    • ‘At this fateful juncture in our history it is vital that we see clearly who are our enemies, and that we deal with them.’
    • ‘He took the fateful decision to jump from the dinghy and swim for the shore but did not make it, despite being a strong swimmer and fit.’
    • ‘However, those same predictions can whip us into frenzy if the fateful deadline looms ahead.’
    • ‘I realized many of the young men who lost their lives that fateful December were the same age as my own sons are now.’
    • ‘I remember yelling at my brother in shock and disbelief that fateful April Fools' night.’
    • ‘On that fateful night a disastrous landslide wrecked havoc on their scenic community.’
    • ‘He no longer sits up nights like he used to, but memories of the fateful decision haunt him every day.’
    • ‘It was the one name that the queen was loath to hear at that fateful moment and her heart was hardened.’
    decisive, determining, critical, crucial, pivotal
    disastrous, ruinous, calamitous, cataclysmic, devastating, destructive, tragic, awful, terrible, harmful, fatal, deadly
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