fatal

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From Middle French fatal, from Latin fātālis (fatal).

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fatal (not comparable)

  1. Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, Death on the Centre Court:
      She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.
  2. Foreboding death or great disaster.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, “Prologue”, in The Ivory Gate:
      Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability: [] it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
  3. Causing death or destruction.
    a fatal wound;   a fatal disease;   a fatal day;  a fatal error
    • 2013 July-August, Philip J. Bushnell, “Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance”, American Scientist: 
      Surprisingly, this analysis revealed that acute exposure to solvent vapors at concentrations below those associated with long-term effects appears to increase the risk of a fatal automobile accident. Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.
  4. (computing) Causing a sudden end to the running of a program.
    a fatal error;   a fatal exception

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Noun[edit]

fatal (plural fatals)

  1. A fatality; an event that leads to death.
    • 1999, Flying Magazine (volume 126, number 4, April 1999, page 15)
      The best accident rate in general aviation is in corporate/executive flying at 0.17 per 100000 hours for fatals and .50 for total accidents.
  2. (computing) A fatal error; a failure that causes a program to terminate.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

Adjective[edit]

fatal m, f (masculine and feminine plural fatals)

  1. fatal

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

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  • IPA(key): /fataːl/, [faˈtˢæːˀl]

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fatal (neuter fatalt, definite and plural fatale)

  1. fatal

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

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fatal m (feminine fatale, masculine plural fatals, feminine plural fatales)

  1. fatal

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

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fatal m, f (plural fatais; comparable)

  1. fatal
  2. terrible, very bad

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

Adjective[edit]

fatal m, f (plural fatales)

  1. fatal
  2. terrible, very bad

Adverb[edit]

fatal

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