What is another word for fatalist?

Pronunciation: [fˈe͡ɪtəlˌɪst] (IPA)

A "fatalist" is someone who believes in fate and that events cannot be changed. Synonyms for the term include "determinist," "predestinarian," and "fatalistic." A "determinist" believes that all events are determined by past events and natural laws, while a "predestinarian" believes that everything is predetermined by a divine power. "Fatalistic" describes someone who passively accepts their fate and the inevitability of events. Other synonyms for "fatalist" include "pessimist," "defeatist," and "passivist." These terms describe someone who has a negative outlook and expects the worst outcome, often without taking any action to alter circumstances.

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Usage examples for Fatalist

The Irishman is half a fatalist by nature; it will be an evil hour that makes him wholly one!"
"The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)"
Charles James Lever
"I am a fatalist," he muttered, "and I am not afraid.
"One Maid's Mischief"
George Manville Fenn
You are still a fatalist then?
"One Maid's Mischief"
George Manville Fenn

Famous quotes with Fatalist

  • Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top - or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things... Life is one crisis after another.
    Richard M. Nixon
  • Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own.
    H.L. Mencken
  • There was about Alexandra something of the impervious calm of the fatalist, always disconcerting to very young people, who cannot feel that the heart lives at all unless it is still at the mercy of storms; unless its strings can scream to the touch of pain.
    Willa Cather
  • Few are the beliefs, still fewer the superstitions of to-day. We pretend to account for everything, till we do not believe enough for that humility so essential to moral discipline. But the dark creed of the fatalist still holds its ground — there is that within us, which dares not deny what, in the still depths of the soul, we feel to have a mysterious predominance. To a certain degree we controul our own actions — we have the choice of right or wrong ; but the consequences, the fearful consequences, lie not with us. Let any one look upon the most important epochs of his life ; how little have they been of his own making — how one slight thing has led on to another, till the result has been the very reverse of our calculations. Our emotions, how little are they under our own controul ! how often has the blanched lip, or the flushed cheek, betrayed what the will was strong to conceal ! Of all our sensations, love is the one which has most the stamp of Fate. What a mere chance usually leads to our meeting the person destined to alter the whole current of our life. What a mystery even to ourselves the influence which they exercise over us. Why should we feel so differently towards them, to what we ever felt before ? An attachment is an epoch in existence — it leads to casting off old ties, that, till then, had seemed our dearest ; it begins new duties ; often, in a woman especially, changes the whole character ; and yet, whether in its beginning, its continuance or its end, love is as little within our power as the wind that passes, of which no man knows whither it goeth or whence it comes.
    Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  • Obviously the future must be considered in the light of one's own power to influence events. The man of action cannot be a fatalist. The architect has to think of the future of the house he is building; a workman has to take measure for safeguarding his old age; a member of the Chamber has to consider the possible effects of the budget for which he is going to vote. But once decisions are made and measures taken, peace of mind must be re-established. It is absurd to try to foresee things when the means of doing it are lacking.
    André Maurois

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