fatally

adverb fa·tal·ly \ ˈfā-tᵊl-ē \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

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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First Known Use of fatally

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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