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fatalistic

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Definition one who believes that all events are predetermined in advance and human beings are powerless to change them
  • She doesn't worry about such things. She has a fatalistic attitude.
  • "Don't you oh well me, sir," Miss Maudie replied, recognizing Jem's fatalistic noises, "you are not old enough to appreciate what I said."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • fatalistic = characteristic of someone who thinks things are as they must be
  • With an insane fatalism they had surrendered to the savage chaos of life.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • There was just something about him, some sad foreshadowing that was almost fatalistic.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • I wondered what were those of Hans—the man of the extreme north, who was yet gifted with the fatalistic resignation of Oriental character.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • I wasn't surprised; I had become fatalistic.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The men all knew that they would be imprisoned for some time, and this fate was accepted with what to a Westerner would be surprising fatalism.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • It was all in keeping with his profound fatalism.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • He'd brought his mother here, prevailing over her own fatalism and his wife's practical misgivings.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • And at the same time he felt a fatalistic certainty that he would not be coming back from this trip.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Oh, shall I then, again become a fatalist, whom fourteen years of despair and ten of hope had rendered a believer in providence?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Fatalistic, you could say.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • But I am something of a fatalist, like all good Orientals, and I entered ready, for anything.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • But they seldom attracted the best black players; and since the early 1970s the Ole Miss football team has had about it a delicious fatalism.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • My attitude was becoming more and more fatalistic and hopeless.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • I think I am pretty much of a fatalist.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • She handed her feelings over to the actors with a kind of fatalistic resignation.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • BERENGER: That's fatalism.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Though I'd never told this to my mother and went to church regularly to please her, I'd grown up a fatalist with little faith.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • It came to him, and he accepted it with a sort of eager fatalism.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness

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