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 One man was fatally shot and another wounded during an apparent exchange of gunfire Sunday night at an east Birmingham gas station. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "19-year-old fatally shot at Leeds home; suspect in custody," 21 Jan. 2020 Missing evidence forced a second mistrial Tuesday for a San Antonian charged with fatally shooting a man at a West Side convenience store in 2017. Nathan Knowles, 36, is accused of killing Michael Berlanga, 40, on Oct. 7, 2017. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio man’s court proceedings in fatal West Side convenience store shooting ends in mistrial again," 21 Jan. 2020 According to charging documents, 43-year-old Tierre Eady fatally shot 42-year-old Jerry Sales on Dec. 16 outside the Holiday gas station on Mountain View Drive. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Killing at Anchorage gas station stemmed from fight about infidelity and drugs, charges say," 21 Jan. 2020 Jerry Hanel is suspected of fatally shooting Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama when the officers responded to a call for a woman who needed help at a home in Waikiki Sunday. Andy Rose And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "One of the officers shot and killed in Honolulu had previously responded to suspect's home, video shows," 21 Jan. 2020 In 2010, more than 30 years after he was sent to prison for life for fatally shooting Gregory Harris in Detroit, Phillips’ co-defendant, Richard Polombo, came clean, acknowledging someone else shot had Harris in the head. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "A Michigan Man Spent Decades in Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commit — But Who Was the Real Killer?," 17 Jan. 2020 The family of a man fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police while holding a tree saw has reached a $1.25 million settlement with the city in a federal lawsuit against the officers and Chief Steve Conrad. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville settles lawsuit with family of man shot by police while holding tree saw," 17 Jan. 2020 The phones belonged to a deceased Saudi national accused of fatally shooting three people at a Florida naval base in December. David Ingram, NBC News, "Two iPhones or the privacy of billions: Why Apple vs. the FBI matters," 17 Jan. 2020 Diamond Green was fatally shot that morning by Taureen Rice. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Man says he's not responsible for niece's death during Over-the-Rhine gunfight," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fatally

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jan 2020

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“Fatally.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatally. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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