The term fatal it’s a adjective which comes from the Latin word funestus. The concept is used to qualify what it is unfortunate or painful or what it is a cause of suffering.
For example: “In this dismal sector of the highway there have been five accidents in the last year that caused the death of eight people “, “The footballer grew up in a dismal home, with a beating father and a mother who forced him to beg on the street”, “If we do not begin to respect the institutions, our country will have a disastrous destiny”.
The unfortunate, as can be seen in the examples newly exposed, is something unfortunate or what causes pain. Take the case of a soccer team preparing to play a momentous match: if it wins, it reaches the top of the tournament. However, it ends losing four to zero, I know injures his figure and suffers the expulsion of three players who will receive various suspension dates as punishment. Faced with this reality, journalists speak of a fatal match for the set in question.
A man, on the other hand, may confess that he has a dismal past: He was addicted to drugs and was in prison for committing robberies. Upon regaining freedom, this individual modified his behavior, overcame the addiction and managed to reintegrate into the society. That is why you can maintain that your past was disastrous, while your current reality is very different.
There are events or phenomena that are considered dire by the vast majority of people. The Nazism, to cite one case, was a fatal movement that caused millions of deaths.
Let’s see below some of the various synonyms that the word has fatal, thanks to which it is easier to understand the full depth of its meaning: unfortunate, unfortunate, fatal, fateful, sad, dire and unlucky. Here we find some words of everyday use, such as disastrous Y unfortunate, which can be used to describe an accident, for example, to emphasize its bloody and unfortunate nature.
There is, however, among these synonyms one that tends to cause a lot of confusion for Spanish speakers: fateful. While it is true that it can be used in the sense of fatal, its main definition refers to a person or thing that predicts or announces the future, especially if it is an unlucky one. It is necessary to emphasize the fact that fatal is not the same as “fatal”, even though they are so similar and can be used interchangeably in certain situations.
It is precisely in this context that we must point out that the word fatal It is not always used to describe an event, something that has happened, but to reflect the discomfort or negative feelings that come from a person or an event. Something fatal can go through several stages, beginning with one in which it is perceived that the misfortune is yet to come and another in which it has already affected the protagonists.
When we talk about the biography of a person who died in a tragic way and who previously lost his loved ones in unfortunate situations, we can say that his story is disastrous, although there are also happy moments in it. It is precisely in this breadth of the term, in its ability to point towards a terrible future from a present that can be peaceful that it differs from some of its more precise synonyms, useful to adjective misfortune itself and not all facts that led to her.
There is also a nuance that leads us to use the term fatal once the misfortune has occurred and not from the first day of the negative period, although this is not mandatory. We tend to describe the mandate of a dictator as disastrous once it has ended or after a time of having endured its consequences negative.