Definition of fatalism in English:

fatalism

noun

mass noun
  • 1The belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.

    ‘fatalism can breed indifference to the human costs of war’
    • ‘The difference reflects the difference between an eschatology of kingdom transformation and hope versus an eschatology of inevitable deterioration and fatalism.’
    • ‘Waiting for the inevitable dose of fatalism this analogy provides is somewhat predicable but thoroughly enjoyable.’
    • ‘In the end, the novel's central characters embrace a blend of classical and Shakespearean fatalism mixed with existential solipsism.’
    • ‘The lack of historical consciousness breeds skepticism and fatalism.’
    • ‘While the book has hints of exasperation and annoyance, it does not descend into fatalism or inevitability, always seeking to expose the basis of creative pathways for forestry.’
    • ‘Instead, it's a practical sort of fatalism that breeds a desire for death.’
    • ‘At this stage there is a cultural or philosophical change from fatalism and determinism towards entrepreneurship and the taking of risks.’
    • ‘More disturbing is the movie's sentimental fatalism about the inevitability of violence.’
    • ‘People imbued with intensely tribal values often alternate between manic activism and depressed fatalism.’
    • ‘The fatalism that goes with monism suits both her toughness and her optimism.’
    • ‘This isn't exactly despair, or fatalism, or condemnation, or stoicism.’
    • ‘Previous efforts to understand attitudes toward early detection have sometimes assigned a significant role to the specific concept of cancer fatalism and fatalism generally.’
    • ‘The play is one of the most potent amalgams of the Bard's keen psychological observation, tragic fatalism, and bitingly intelligent verbal and conceptual humor.’
    • ‘A strong belief in fatalism lends to the acceptance of social and economic inequality.’
    • ‘The relationship between fatalism, spirituality, and health promoting behaviors in African American women must be further examined.’
    • ‘Their fatalism, existential conflict and schizophrenia are very close to Greek tragedy.’
    • ‘Free will rather than fatalism characterizes the operation of karma.’
    • ‘But the waves of pure love always have their own logic, rationality and fatalism.’
    • ‘If we are to circumvent the immobilizing effects of political fatalism and cynicism, the political imagination must find a basis for hope in the future.’
    1. 1.1A submissive attitude to events, resulting from a fatalistic attitude.
      ‘he experienced a sense of fatalism that kept his fear at bay’
      • ‘In such circumstances, cynicism, passivity and a sense of fatalism can influence public attitudes.’
      • ‘Evidence also was lacking to show that attitudes of acceptance, fatalism, or denial affected outcomes.’
      • ‘When it comes to American jobs and the global economy, the best words to sum up public attitudes are frustration and fatalism.’
      • ‘A resulting sense of fatalism often reduced their motivation to protect their sexual health.’
      • ‘Recent hurricanes have swept on inexorably, bringing with them a range of responses - fear, alarm, stoicism, fatalism, and self-defence.’
      • ‘You know, what I sense is a sense of fatalism and defeatism that I just reject.’
      • ‘It's pretty hard to do it in a desert and against a sense of fatalism.’
      • ‘The search is mostly conducted in silence, perhaps out of fatigue tempered by a grim sense of fatalism.’
      • ‘The more widely this is known, the more it is likely to promote a sense of fatalism, as people ditch their diet or fall off the wagon and blame it on their genes.’
      • ‘However, when it comes to the medical profession, humour must be firmly based on reality, as it seriously strives to replace fatalism with optimism in the patients.’
      • ‘The new sense of vulnerability brought to it a kind of fatalism that was always part of the New York attitude.’
      • ‘School violence is being assimilated into the broader sense of fatalism and passivity about the perpetration of violence in our nation and in our world.’
      • ‘The film benefits from pared-down, naturalistic cinematography and performances, as well as a pervasive sense of fatalism.’
      • ‘This engendered a longing for normalcy, a sense of fatalism and passivity, but, ironically, also a willingness to take risks.’
      • ‘His eyewitness account describes the progressive stranglehold devised by the Turks and the sense of fatalism that developed within the city.’
      • ‘There is a sense of fatalism in his writings - Britain was set on this course and he could not do much about it.’
      • ‘But when you talk to people, if you watch the television, if you listen to the radio, there's a real degree of acceptance, of fatalism.’
      • ‘By now, we may have expected a mood of depressed fatalism to have overtaken Britain.’
      passive acceptance, resignation, acceptance, acceptance of the inevitable, stoicism
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Pronunciation

fatalism

/ˈfeɪt(ə)lɪz(ə)m/