American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The doctrine that all events are predetermined by fate and are therefore unalterable.
- n. Acceptance of the belief that all events are predetermined and inevitable.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that all things are subject to fate, or come or go by inevitable predetermination. Fatalism is a doctrine which does not recognize the determination of all events by causes, in the ordinary sense; holding, on the contrary, that a certain foreordained result will come about, no matter what may be done to prevent it. Fatalism is thus directly opposed to necessitarianism, according to which every event is determined by the events which immediately precede it, in a mechanical way. Necessitarianism seems hardly to leave room for final causes, while fatalism is the doctrine that certain results are sure to come in spite of all that efficient causes may do to prevent them. See
- n. A disposition to regard everything as the result of or predetermined by fate; the acceptance of all conditions and events as inevitable.
- n. fate, fatality, the doctrine that all events are subject to fate or inevitable necessity, or determined in advance in such a way that human beings cannot change them.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The doctrine that all things are subject to fate, or that they take place by inevitable necessity.
- n. a philosophical doctrine holding that all events are predetermined in advance for all time and human beings are powerless to change them
- n. a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
“I learned the word fatalism at a young age and after I got over the idea that it meant something about death, I grew very attached to it.”
“At the same time, fatalism is not an essential precondition.”
“But with the resignation of her faith, which some call fatalism, and with the obedience which German life demands from all women, even those of the highest station, she had accepted her destiny.”
““What we call fatalism,” M. Bergson says, “is only the revenge of nature on man's will when the mind puts too much strain upon the flesh or acts as if it did not exist.”
“Perhaps it's just your protective Saints fatalism, which is perfectly understandable, but I think both national AND local sports media is underestimating how good this New Orleans team is going to be.”
“What we call fatalism," M. Bergson says, "is only the revenge of nature on man's will when the mind puts too much strain upon the flesh or acts as if it did not exist.”
“The prep and procedures are there to stack the odds in their favour, and the fatalism is a coping mechanism against the certainty that sometimes the bad guys beat really, really long odds.”
“While I appreciate the realism of the government, the fatalism is another thing.”
“Of course, the more the idea of fatalism imposed itself and spread, the more the weight of this hopeless theory oppressed the consciousness.”
“None the less, there are two points in the law of Causality, which appear to favour the idea of fatalism, though in reality, they are merely corollaries of Karma.”
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