fatally

adverb
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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Her 24-year-old son, Shane Johnson, was fatally shot on Sept. 11, 2014, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Mark Kauzlarich, WSJ, "New York City Murders Drop, but Most Go Unsolved in Poorer Neighborhoods," 31 Jan. 2019 Paddock, who acted alone, fatally shot himself as police closed in. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "FBI finds no specific motive in Vegas attack that killed 58," 30 Jan. 2019 Roberson’s death was one of several incidents in recent years where a black gun owner was fatally shot by police. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 An off-duty police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, fatally shot Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov at a photo exhibition in the Turkish capital on Dec. 19, 2016. Suzan Fraser, The Seattle Times, "Turkey: 28 on trial over Russian ambassador’s slaying," 8 Jan. 2019 Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office/AP A grand jury has indicted Amber Guyger, the ex-Dallas police officer who fatally shot Botham Jean in his apartment in September, on a murder charge, according to Dallas county court records. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Amber Guyger has been indicted for murder after the Botham Jean shooting," 30 Nov. 2018 Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Thursday that the Nov. 20 killings began when Mr. Caneiro fatally shot his brother when the victim came outside of his Colts Neck home. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "New Jersey Man Charged With Murdering His Brother, Sister-in-Law and Their Two Kids," 29 Nov. 2018 More than 1,200 people fatally overdosed in the city in 2017, one-third more than 2016. Fox News, "Deputy AG: Expect legal action if safe injection sites open," 30 Aug. 2018 Across Broad, in the 19147 zip code (Bella Vista, Queen Village, and parts of East Passyunk) just nine people fatally overdosed in 2016. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "The opioid overdose crisis is hitting all of Philadelphia, new data show," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of fatally

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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