Fatal and Fateful

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Fatal and Fateful :

A “fatal” event is a deadly one; a “fateful” one is determined by fate.

If there are no casualties left lying at the scene—whether mangled corpses or failed negotiations—the word you are seeking is “fateful.”

The latter word also has many positive uses, such as “George fondly remembered that fateful night in which he first met the woman he was to love to his dying day.”

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