fa·​tal·​ly | \ ˈfā-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce fatally (audio) \

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

Examples of fatally in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tillman is accused of fatally shooting Jamon Ueal, 28, on April 18 at a Garden Inn in Memphis. Fox News, 1 July 2022 The woman suspected of fatally shooting an elite cyclist in May was arrested in Costa Rica after 43 days on the run, according to police and federal authorities. Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ, 1 July 2022 Armstrong is accused of fatally shooting Wilson inside an Austin apartment where Wilson had been staying with a friend in advance of an upcoming race. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, 30 June 2022 Armstrong is accused of fatally shooting world-class gravel cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson last month in Austin. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 30 June 2022 The man on trial for fatally shooting rapper Nipsey Hussle in 2019 was attacked Monday morning in a jail holding cell, his attorney told CBS News. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 29 June 2022 An Alabama man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting a passenger while driving on Interstate 71 in Northern Kentucky last year. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 29 June 2022 Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, is accused of fatally shooting Wilson, 25, in Austin on May 11, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 23 June 2022 Surveillance footage showed officers waiting 77 minutes to enter the classroom that the gunman was in before fatally shooting him. Teddy Grant, ABC News, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fatally

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Jul 2022

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“Fatally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatally. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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