- Proceeding from, or appointed by, fate or destiny; necessary; inevitable.(R)"These thing are fatal and necessary." [Tillotson.]"It was fatal to the king to fight for his money." [Bacon.]
- Foreboding death or great disaster.(R)"That fatal screech owl to our house That nothing sung but death to us and ours." [Shak.]
- Causing death or destruction; deadly; mortal; destructive; calamitous; as, a fatal wound; a fatal disease; a fatal day; a fatal error.
Etymology: L. fatalis, fr. fatum: cf. F. fatal. See Fate