A fateful moment is one that seems impossible to avoid. And when a fateful event occurs, it feels like it will have a big impact on your future — and usually not in a good way.

“I can fit my head into this jar!” — fateful words that resulted in a trip to the hospital. Most of the time, fateful spells disaster. There was the fateful day you left your guinea pig’s cage door open, and there are fateful decisions that seem innocent at the time, but come back to haunt you later. Fate is the idea that your life is mapped out, and a fateful instance is one significant landmark on that map.

Definitions of fateful
  1. adjective
    controlled or decreed by fate; predetermined
    synonyms: fatal
    incapable of being avoided or prevented
  2. adjective
    ominously prophetic
    synonyms: foreboding, portentous
    prophetic, prophetical
    foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention
  3. adjective
    having momentous consequences; of decisive importance
    “"that fateful meeting of the U.N. declared war on North Korea"- Saturday Rev”
    synonyms: fatal
    determining or having the power to determine an outcome
  4. adjective
    (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
    “a fateful error”
    synonyms: black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal
    not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
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