fa·​tal·​ly | \ˈfā-tᵊl-ē \

Definition of fatally 

1 : in a way determined by fate

2 : in a manner suggesting fate or an act of fate: such as

a : in a manner resulting in death : mortally fatally wounded

b : beyond repair : irrevocably

c : in a manner resulting in ruin or evil it is fatally easy to pass off our prejudices as our opinions— W. F. Hambly

d : in a manner that cannot be easily resisted thinks she is fatally attractive— J. W. Krutch

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One officer fired a stun gun at Maynard and the other fatally shot him from about 5 or 6 feet (1.5 meters or 1.8 meters) away, Ayers said. Fox News, "Chief: Officer kills man accused of killing Georgia officer," 23 Oct. 2018 His tale is of two men who more than anyone shaped the city’s reputation, and whose destinies became fatally entwined in Old Shanghai’s last days. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 Five people were shot, three fatally, in Baltimore on Tuesday, including the 150th person to be killed in the city this year. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Man killed, woman injured in double shooting in Penn North — among five people shot in Baltimore Tuesday," 11 July 2018 A decade of rescue crusades by conservation groups, hard-core eco-activists and the U.S. Navy have failed to prevent the world’s rarest porpoise from becoming fatally entangled in gill nets set for seafood in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "To save the world's rarest marine mammal, conservationists seek ban on Mexican seafood imports," 11 July 2018 Law enforcement in Maricopa County have shot 48 people so far this year, 26 of them fatally. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Man shot by Phoenix police officer was holding replica handgun," 10 July 2018 One hour before fatally driving north on Interstate-95's southbound lane, driver William Ronald Ferguson had stabbed his girlfriend twice in the neck, according to the police report. Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Before he drove the wrong way down I-95, he stabbed his girlfriend twice in the neck, cops say," 6 July 2018 Umaima said her husband Awad's transformation came in 2010, after Iraqi security forces accused his brother of being a militant and fatally tortured him. NBC News, "Divorce on the rise in Iraq as wives cut ties to ISIS militants," 5 July 2018 Brett Kelman, The Tennessean When Niki Rasmussen fatally overdosed last August in Columbus, her brother wasn't surprised the opioid found in her system and in the plastic baggy next to her body was pure fentanyl. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'Bodies can't take it': Fentanyl involved in nearly half of drug overdose deaths," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of fatally

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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