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1mortal

adjective mor·tal \ˈmr-təl\

: certain to die

: causing death

: possibly causing death

Full Definition of MORTAL

1
:  causing or having caused death :  fatal <a mortal injury>
2
a :  subject to death <mortal man>
b :  possible, conceivable <have done every mortal thing>
c :  deadly 3 <waited three mortal hours>
3
:  marked by unrelenting hostility <a mortal enemy>
4
:  marked by great intensity or severity <mortal fear>
5
:  human <mortal limits>
6
:  of, relating to, or connected with death <mortal agony>

Examples of MORTAL

  1. Every living creature is mortal.
  2. He suffered a mortal wound in the battle.

Origin 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>.

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

Rhymes with MORTAL

2mortal

adverb

Definition of MORTAL

chiefly dialect
:  mortally

First Known Use of MORTAL

15th century

Rhymes with MORTAL

3mortal

noun

: a human being

Full Definition of MORTAL

:  a human being

Examples of MORTAL

  1. stories about gods interfering in the lives of mortals
  2. the troubles that come to ordinary mortals

First Known Use of MORTAL

1567
MORTAL Defined for Kids

1mortal

adjective mor·tal \ˈmr-təl\

Definition of MORTAL for Kids

1
:  capable of causing death <a mortal wound>
2
:  certain to die <We all are mortal.>
3
:  feeling great and lasting hatred <a mortal enemy>
4
:  very great or overpowering <mortal fear>
5
:  1human 1 <mortal power>
mor·tal·ly adverb <mortally afraid>

2mortal

noun

Definition of MORTAL for Kids

:  a human being
Medical Dictionary

mortal

adjective mor·tal \ˈmrt-əl\

Medical Definition of MORTAL

1
:  having caused or being about to cause death :  fatal <a mortal injury>
2
:  of, relating to, or connected with death <mortal agony>

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