From French fatalité. equivalent to fatal +‎ -ity.



fatality (plural fatalities)

  1. The state proceeding from destiny; invincible necessity, superior to, and independent of, free and rational control.
  2. Tendency to death, destruction or danger, as if by decree of fate.
  3. That which is decreed by fate or which is fatal; a fatal event.
    • (Can we date this quote by William Wilkie Collins and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      What can I say, or think of this most terrible of fatalities?
  4. Death.
  5. An accident that causes death.
    • 2011, David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, page 13:
      the whole thing felt like being in a near traffic fatality avoided by inches and later not being able to think of the whole thing lest you begin shaking...
  6. A person killed.
  7. (video games) A move where one character kills another.