If you hear on your car radio that there has been a traffic accident up ahead with one fatality, you should be very thankful you were not involved. A fatality is, quite simply and grimly, a human death.

You will often hear fatality used in conjunction with the aftermath of a disaster, natural or otherwise. For example, a news broadcaster may say, "We have received reports of at least one fatality as a result of the storm." Fatality has its roots in the Latin word fatalis, meaning "decreed by fate." When it comes to fatality, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can certainly be ill-fated.

Definitions of fatality
  1. noun
    the quality of being able to cause death or fatal disasters
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    type of:
    deadliness, lethality
    the quality of being deadly
  2. noun
    a death resulting from an accident or a disaster
    “a decrease in the number of automobile fatalities
    synonyms: human death
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    killing, violent death
    an event that causes someone to die
    casualty, fatal accident
    an accident that causes someone to die
    collateral damage
    (euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations
    type of:
    death, decease, demise, expiry
    the event of dying or departure from life
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