Fatal to Fatiscence
(Fa"tal), a. [L. fatalis, fr. fatum: cf. F. fatal. See Fate.]
1. Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny; necessary; inevitable. [R.]
These thing are fatal and necessary.Tillotson.
It was fatal to the king to fight for his money.Bacon.
2. Foreboding death or great disaster. [R.]
That fatal screech owl to our houseShak.
That nothing sung but death to us and ours.
3. Causing death or destruction; deadly; mortal; destructive; calamitous; as, a fatal wound; a fatal disease; a
fatal day; a fatal error.
(Fa"tal*ism) n. [Cf. F. fatalisme.] The doctrine that all things are subject to fate, or that they
take place by inevitable necessity.
(Fa"tal*ist) n. [Cf. F. fataliste.] One who maintains that all things happen by inevitable necessity.
(Fa`tal*is"tic) a. Implying, or partaking of the nature of, fatalism.
(Fa*tal"i*ty) n.;pl. Fatalities [L. fatalitas: cf. F. fatalité]
1. The state of being fatal, or proceeding from destiny; invincible necessity, superior to, and independent
of, free and rational control.
The Stoics held a fatality, and a fixed, unalterable course of events.South.
2. The state of being fatal; tendency to destruction or danger, as if by decree of fate; mortaility.
The year sixty-three is conceived to carry with it the most considerable fatality.Ser T. Browne.
By a strange fatality men suffer their dissenting.Eikon Basilike.
3. That which is decreed by fate or which is fatal; a fatal event. Dryden.
1. In a manner proceeding from, or determined by, fate. Bentley.
2. In a manner issuing in death or ruin; mortally; destructively; as, fatally deceived or wounded.
(Fa"tal*ness), n. Quality of being fatal. Johnson.
(||Fa"ta Mor*ga"na) [It.; so called because this phenomenon was looked upon as the
work of a fairy (It. fata) of the name of Morgána. See Fairy.] A kind of mirage by which distant objects
appear inverted, distorted, displaced, or multiplied. It is noticed particularly at the Straits of Messina,
between Calabria and Sicily.
(Fat"back`) n. (Zoöl.) The menhaden.
(Fat"-brained`) a. Dull of apprehension.
(Fate) n. [L. fatum a prophetic declaration, oracle, what is ordained by the gods, destiny, fate, fr.
fari to speak: cf. OF. fat. See Fame, Fable, Ban, and cf. 1st Fay, Fairy.]