AskDefine | Define fatal

Dictionary Definition

fatal adj
1 bringing death [ant: nonfatal]
2 having momentous consequences; of decisive importance; "that fateful meeting of the U.N. declared war on North Korea"- Saturday Rev; "the fatal day of the election finally arrived" [syn: fateful]
3 (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" [syn: black, calamitous, disastrous, fateful]
4 controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined; "a fatal series of events" [syn: fateful]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny.
  2. Foreboding death or great disaster.
  3. Causing death or destruction.
    a fatal wound
    a fatal disease
    a fatal day
    a fatal error


proceeding from fate
foreboding death
causing death



  1. fatal
  2. terrible, very bad


  1. very badly, terribly
    Me siento fatal. I feel terribly bad.
    Manejas fatal. You drive awfully.

Extensive Definition

Fatal may refer to:
Fatale may refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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