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

Examples of fatally in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Onfroy, was fatally shot June 18 in an apparent armed robbery. Isabella Rafky, miamiherald, "Young fans mourn XXXTentacion, but many judge slain rapper by his violent past," 12 July 2018 An examination of the wolf's corpse by a Berlin wildlife research institute found that the young female had been fatally shot in the chest and then had a rope tied around her stomach and lashed to a concrete weight. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Wolf fatally shot, tied to weight and dumped in lake," 12 July 2018 In mid-May, Maria Francisco Pascual, 53, of Lake Worth, was fatally struck by a lightning bolt while working in Parkland. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Lightning strike kills one man and critically injures another," 11 July 2018 Seven pedestrians were fatally struck by vehicles on the roadway in non-intersection and non-crosswalk locations. USA TODAY, "Death on foot: Where you're most likely to die in the 5 most dangerous cities," 3 July 2018 Another pedestrian was fatally struck further east, while crossing near Indian School Road and 36th Street in the early hours of June 26. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Latest string of deadly pedestrian accidents continues Arizona trend," 2 July 2018 Police are searching for a driver who fatally struck a 34-year-old Clinton Township man then washed any evidence off his truck at a nearby car wash and drove away. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Police investigating fatal hit-and-run in Clinton Township," 2 July 2018 According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, a pedestrian was fatally struck around 2:45 a.m. in the 8400 block of Monroe Road. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Pedestrian fatally struck in southeast Charlotte at 2:45 a.m.," 29 June 2018 At least 17 mountain lions have been fatally struck by vehicles near the Simi Hills since 2002, according to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area officials. National Geographic, "Den of Mountain Lion Kittens Found in Unlikely Place," 21 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fatally.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fatally

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fatally

Statistics for fatally

Last Updated

23 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fatally

The first known use of fatally was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on fatally

Spanish Central: Translation of fatally

Nglish: Translation of fatally for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of fatally for Arabic Speakers

Comments on fatally

What made you want to look up fatally? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!