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mortal

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adjective mor·tal \ˈmȯr-təl\

Simple Definition of mortal

  • : certain to die

  • : causing death

  • : possibly causing death

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mortal

  1. 1 :  causing or having caused death :  fatal <a mortal injury>

  2. 2 a :  subject to death <mortal man> b :  possible, conceivable <have done every mortal thing> c :  deadly 3 <waited three mortal hours>

  3. 3 :  marked by unrelenting hostility <a mortal enemy>

  4. 4 :  marked by great intensity or severity <mortal fear>

  5. 5 :  human <mortal limits>

  6. 6 :  of, relating to, or connected with death <mortal agony>

Examples of mortal in a sentence

  1. Every living creature is mortal.

  2. He suffered a mortal wound in the battle.



Origin and Etymology of mortal

Middle English, from Anglo-French mortel, mortal, from Latin mortalis, from mort-, mors death — more at murder


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of mortal

deadly, mortal, fatal, lethal mean causing or capable of causing death. deadly applies to an established or very likely cause of death <a deadly disease>. mortal implies that death has occurred or is inevitable <a mortal wound>. fatal stresses the inevitability of what has in fact resulted in death or destruction <fatal consequences>. lethal applies to something that is bound to cause death or exists for the destruction of life <lethal gas>.

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mortal

adverb mor·tal

Definition of mortal

chiefly dialect

  1. :  mortally



15th Century

First Known Use of mortal

15th century


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mortal

noun mor·tal

Simple Definition of mortal

  • : a human being

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mortal

  1. :  a human being

Examples of mortal in a sentence

  1. stories about gods interfering in the lives of mortals

  2. the troubles that come to ordinary mortals



1567

First Known Use of mortal

1567

Rhymes with mortal



MORTAL Defined for Kids

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mortal

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adjective mor·tal \ˈmȯr-təl\

Definition of mortal for Students

  1. 1 :  capable of causing death <a mortal wound>

  2. 2 :  certain to die <We all are mortal.>

  3. 3 :  feeling great and lasting hatred <a mortal enemy>

  4. 4 :  very great or overpowering <mortal fear>

  5. 5 :  1human 1 <mortal power>

mortally

adverb <mortally afraid>



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mortal

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noun mor·tal

Definition of mortal for Students

  1. :  a human being




Medical Dictionary

mortal

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adjective mor·tal \ˈmȯrt-əl\

Medical Definition of mortal

  1. 1:  having caused or being about to cause death :  fatal <a mortal injury>

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or connected with death <mortal agony>





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