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

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Officers found the boy, who had been fatally shot, in a vehicle. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, "One 17-year-old fatally shot, another wounded in Joliet, police say," 10 June 2019 Police say the gunman who fatally shot 12 people used a silencer. USA TODAY, "Black Hills yaks, serious senioritis on campus, Pony Express: News from around our 50 states," 10 June 2019 Police fatally shot a man Sunday morning in a confrontation in a building in Portland’s Pearl District. oregonlive.com, "Portland police fatally shoot man in Pearl District confrontation," 9 June 2019 She'd been fatally shot and her death is being investigated as a homicide, CNN affiliate KARK reported. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Two former state senators found dead in their homes within two days," 8 June 2019 Gibson McElhaney’s, whose own son, Victor McElhaney, 21, was fatally shot in Los Angeles just three months ago, took the stage to share her thoughts on the mural. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Mural of Oscar Grant unveiled at BART station where he died a decade ago," 8 June 2019 On the day Nia Lassai was born, her biological father was fatally shot in the Calliope Projects where Lassai grew up until Hurricane Katrina. Olivia Prentzel, nola.com, "‘She didn’t get to fulfill her purpose,’ aunt says of 23-year-old woman killed in New Orleans," 8 June 2019 Aion said that the officers then proceeded to use a stun device — something police also confirmed — and fatally shot Lopez. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Protesters denounce Phoenix police shootings, Facebook posts," 7 June 2019 Parker is accused of fatally shooting William Connole on June 3, 2015, as Connole stood on a street corner in Loveland. Hans Peter, The Denver Post, "Man accused of fatal shooting on Loveland street corner deemed incompetent to stand trial," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of fatally

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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