What does fatal mean?

Definitions for fatal
ˈfeɪt lfa·tal

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word fatal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fataladjective

    bringing death

  2. fateful, fataladjective

    having momentous consequences; of decisive importance

    "that fateful meeting of the U.N. when...it declared war on North Korea"- Saturday Rev; "the fatal day of the election finally arrived"

  3. black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fatefuladjective

    (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin

    "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"; "a calamitous defeat"; "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"; "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin; "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur; "a fateful error"

  4. fatal, fatefuladjective

    controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined

    "a fatal series of events"


  1. fatalnoun

    A fatality; an event that leads to death.

  2. fatalnoun

    A fatal error; a failure that causes a program to terminate.

  3. fataladjective

    Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny.

  4. fataladjective

    Foreboding death or great disaster.

  5. fataladjective

    Causing death or destruction

  6. fataladjective

    Causing a sudden end to a program.

  7. Etymology: From fatalis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FATALadjective

    Etymology: fatalis, Latin; fatal, French.

    O fatal maid! thy marriage is endow’d
    With Phrygian, Latian, and Rutilian blood. John Dryden, Æn.

    A palsy in the brain is most dangerous; when it seizeth the heart, or organs of breathing, fatal. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    Others delude their trouble by a graver way of reasoning, that these things are fatal and necessary, it being in vain to be troubled at that which we cannot help. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    It was fatal to the king to fight for his money; and though he avoided to fight with enemies abroad, yet he was still enforced to fight for it with rebels at home. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Fatal course
    Had circled his full orb. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    It was
    Still fatal to stout Hudibras,
    In all his feats of arms, when least
    He dreamt of it, to prosper best. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 3.

    Behold the destin’d place of your abodes;
    For thus Anchises prophecy’d of old,
    And this our fatal place of rest foretold. John Dryden, Æn. b. vii.

    O race divine!
    For beauty still is fatal to the line. Dryden.


  1. fatal

    F.A.T.A.L., an acronym of Fantasy Adventure to Adult Lechery (first edition) or From Another Time Another Land (second edition), is a dark fantasy tabletop role-playing game first published in 2002 by Fatal Games. F.A.T.A.L. is known for its graphic violent and sexual content, as well as the complexity of the underlying game system, involving higher-level mathematics and an unusual amount of randomization in character development. It acquired a strongly negative reputation in the tabletop roleplaying community, being universally panned and described as one of the most controversial games ever released. It is particularly known as the subject of a 2003 review published on RPGnet by Darren MacLennan and Jason Sartin, which described it as "the Necronomicon of role-playing games", in addition to "fundamentally broken in its attitude towards sexuality" and characterized by "bitter misogyny".


  1. fatal

    Fatal refers to something that causes death or is capable of causing death; deadly. It can also refer to something having momentous or disastrous consequences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fataladjective

    proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny; necessary; inevitable

  2. Fataladjective

    foreboding death or great disaster

  3. Fataladjective

    causing death or destruction; deadly; mortal; destructive; calamitous; as, a fatal wound; a fatal disease; a fatal day; a fatal error

  4. Etymology: [L. fatalis, fr. fatum: cf. F. fatal. See Fate.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FATAL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fatal is ranked #96368 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fatal surname appeared 189 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fatal.

    79.8% or 151 total occurrences were Black.
    15.3% or 29 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fatal' in Adjectives Frequency: #815

Anagrams for fatal »

  1. A-flat

  2. aflat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fatal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fatal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fatal in a Sentence

  1. Boaz Shulruf:

    This study echoes our study in New Zealand by suggesting that behavior is the main risk factor for fatal ATV accidents.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. - from Live Without Principle

  3. Mark Twain:

    Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.

  4. Oscar Wilde:

    A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

  5. Lyon County Sheriff Al McNeil:

    This is rural Nevada, and every home has a gun. My biggest concern is one of these kids will go into a house at 2 a.m., and there will be a farmer or a rancher there, and we'll have a fatal shooting.

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