death·​ful | \ ˈdethfəl \

Definition of deathful

1 archaic : full of or threatening death : deadly, murderous, destructive, bloody
2 archaic : liable to undergo death : mortal
3 : like death : having the appearance of death : deathly on his deathful face … a look of pain and baffled anger— Richard Hofstadter

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deathfully \ -​əlē \ adverb

First Known Use of deathful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deathful

Middle English deethful, from deeth death + -ful

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“Deathful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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