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.

It was fatal to the king to fight for his money.

2. Foreboding death or great disaster. [R.]

That fatal screech owl to our house
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.

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.

(Fa"tal*ly) adv.

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.

Fata Morgana
(||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.]

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