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  • n. The quality of being fateful

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being fateful.


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  • Besides the confusion that is hidden by this debate about the "fatefulness" of the Lebanese elections, despite their extreme importance, the debate also hides other issues, whether by underestimating or overestimating their importance, such as:


  • A sense of fatefulness grows almost unbearable toward the end, but the film takes a final, breathtaking turn into a realm of abstract beauty that was glimpsed in the beginning, and "Senna" reminds us, one more time, what it was that drove the driver.

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  • And at the end of the night, she goes back into the room to say goodbye to him, and you see the fatefulness of encounters.

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  • It evokes a sense of inevitability, a fatefulness, to the event.

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  • Some of Auster's tics or techniques — the incestuous literary connections, the skewed autobiography, the ambiguous blurring of fact and fiction, the pervasive fatefulness — might sink any ordinary novel from sheer portentousness.


  • She had little carking anxieties; a curious fatefulness seemed to rule her, and she experienced a mournful want of some one to confide in.

    The Woodlanders

  • Unhampered by emotion, Carl's fatefulness looked geometric.

    In Other Worlds

  • It goes painfully to one's heart to think that the embargo, if it is ever lifted, will not be lifted in time for most of the events which we all most desire, events that clamour to be recorded in the large black type that for so many years Londoners have associated with fatefulness.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, April 4, 1917

  • There is an expectancy in the air, a fatefulness -- a loud word would be blasphemy that offends the ear and the feeling of decency It is the hour of all still things, the silent things that pass like dreams through the night.

    Over Prairie Trails

  • There was an awful fatefulness about it that made Mr Teal want to burst into tears.

    The Saint in Action


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