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Deadly or mortal; destructive; devastating.

A fatal error in legal procedure is one that is of such a substantial nature as to harm unjustly the person who complains about it. It is synonymous with reversible error, which, in appellate practice, warrants the reversal of the judgment before the appellate court for review. A fatal error can warrant a new trial.

A fatal injury is one that results in death. It is distinguished from a disability in accident and disability insurance policies, which includes those injuries that prevent the insured from doing his or her regular job but do not result in his or her death.


adjective annihilative, calamitous, catastrophic, causing death, causing destruction, consumptive, deadly, death-dealing, deathly, deleterious, demolishing, destructive, devastating, dire, disastrous, exitialis, exterminative, extirpative, fateful, fell, feral, funestus, harmful, hurtful, injurious, involving death, involvvng ruin, killing, lethal, lethiferous, malignant, mortiferous, murderous, noisome, noxious, perniciosus, pernicious, ruining, ruinous, slaughterous, toxic, tragic, virulent, wasting
Associated concepts: fatal consequences, fatal defect, fatal errors, fatal injury, fatal to a cause of action, fatal variance
See also: deadly, deleterious, dire, grave, lethal, malignant, noxious, pernicious, pestilent, serious, toxic
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What makes Mini Kiss so popular and so special, Louis Fatale says, is the fanbase that was established by the original group.
When she first started working on the show about a year ago, Vik did not initially feel a personal relation to the femme fatale concept.
Typically, critics regard the femme fatale as the natural consequence of shifting gender roles post-World War I, as women increasingly left the home to join the workforce.
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The situation in France was different and ultimately led to different constructions of the fatale figure, as I have argued previously (Rolls and Walker 2009: 176-97).
But the femme fatale is no ordinary female character; and so a film noir in which she plays a part will be an uncharacteristic mystery, since the enigma to be solved is associated with a prior crime or crimes as well as an elusive persona.
6) Dicho genero privilegio la negrura por todas partes: se trataba de sordidos ambientes nocturnos, en los que un detective duro de pelar--hard-boiled-recorria la podredumbre humana al lado, o en pos, de una femme fatale.
The femme fatale is a politically overdetermined figure, animated by strong and often contradictory cultural forces.
Feminist activists and scholars have always had trouble with the image of the particularly wicked women called femme fatale, says Binias, and argues that the difficulty is linked to an a priori conjecture of many feminists that it is always men who have a problem, and this problem is women.
As depicted in Gustav Adolphe Mossa's 1907 painting Eva-Pandora, Pandora was, along with Eve, another "literary prototype" for the femme fatale (p.
Everything goes hourglass shaped when the story's femme fatale, Neola Durwin, enters the picture.