fatal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Adjective[edit]

fatal (not comparable)

  1. Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, in 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.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate [], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, [], OCLC 16832619:
      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; that fatal day; a fatal mistake
    • 2013 July-August, Philip J. Bushnell, “Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance”, in 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.
    • 1969, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education, Hearings (page 90)
      For this same period there have been four fatals and 44 nonfatals in gassy mines.
    • 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).

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Adjective[edit]

fatal (masculine and feminine plural fatals)

  1. fatal

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fataːl/, [faˈtˢæːˀl]

Adjective[edit]

fatal

  1. fatal

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of fatal
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular fatal 2
Neuter singular fatalt 2
Plural fatale 2
Definite attributive1 fatale
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

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Adjective[edit]

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

  1. fatal (due to fate)
  2. fatal (causing death)

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

17th century, from Latin fātālis, in part through French fatal.

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Adjective[edit]

fatal (comparative fataler, superlative am fatalsten)

  1. fatal, having serious consequences, severe
    Synonyms: verhängnisvoll, folgenschwer, schwer, ernst, gravierend
  2. (dated) embarrassing, awkward, causing predicament
    Synonyms: misslich, peinlich, unangenehm

Usage notes[edit]

  • The German adjective does not in itself imply death. For example, ein fataler Autonfall (a fatal car accident) may be a deadly accident, but could just as well be one which is severe for other reasons, e.g. because several cars were involved in it.

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈfatal]
  • Hyphenation: fa‧tal

Adjective[edit]

fatal

  1. fatal
    1. Causing death or destruction.
      Synonym: celaka
    2. Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny; inevitable.

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First known attestation 1380[1], from Latin fātālis (fatal).

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. fatal (due to fate)

References[edit]

  1. ^ fatal”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

Adjective[edit]

fatal (neuter singular fatalt, definite singular and plural fatale)

  1. fatal

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

Adjective[edit]

fatal (neuter singular fatalt, definite singular and plural fatale)

  1. fatal

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Brazil) /faˈtaw/, [faˈtaʊ̯]
  • IPA(key): (Portugal) /fɐˈtal/, [fɐˈtaɫ]

  • Hyphenation: fa‧tal
  • Rhymes: -al, -aw

Adjective[edit]

fatal m or f (plural fatais, comparable)

  1. fatal
  2. terrible, very bad

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Further reading[edit]

  • fatal” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French fatal, from Latin fātālis (fatal).

Adjective[edit]

fatal m or n (feminine singular fatală, masculine plural fatali, feminine and neuter plural fatale)

  1. fatal

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fātālis (fatal).

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Adjective[edit]

fatal (plural fatales)

  1. fatal
  2. terrible, very bad

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Adverb[edit]

fatal

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

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