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mortal

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adjective mor·tal \ˈmȯr-təl\

Definition of mortal

  1. 1 :  causing or having caused death :  fatal a mortal injury

  2. 2a :  subject to death mortal man Every living creature is mortal.b :  possible, conceivable have done every mortal thingc :  deadly 3 waited three mortal hours

  3. 3 :  marked by unrelenting hostility a mortal enemy

  4. 4 :  marked by great intensity or severity mortal fear

  5. 5 :  human mortal limits a nobody with an all too mortal longing to be a somebody — Time

  6. 6 :  of, relating to, or connected with death mortal agony

Examples of mortal in a Sentence

  1. Every living creature is mortal.

  2. He suffered a mortal wound in the battle.

Origin and Etymology of mortal

Middle English, from Anglo-French mortel, mortal, from Latin mortalis, from mort-, mors death — more at murder

Synonym Discussion of mortal

deadly, mortal, fatal, lethal mean causing or capable of causing death. deadly applies to an established or very likely cause of death. a deadly disease mortal implies that death has occurred or is inevitable. a mortal wound fatal stresses the inevitability of what has in fact resulted in death or destruction. fatal consequences lethal applies to something that is bound to cause death or exists for the destruction of life. lethal gas

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mortal

adverb mor·tal

Definition of mortal

chiefly dialectal

  1. :  mortally

Origin and Etymology of mortal

see 1mortal


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mortal

noun mor·tal

Definition of mortal

  1. :  a human being

Examples of mortal in a Sentence

  1. stories about gods interfering in the lives of mortals

  2. the troubles that come to ordinary mortals

Origin and Etymology of mortal

see 1human



MORTAL Defined for English Language Learners

mortal

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adjective

Definition of mortal for English Language Learners

  • : certain to die

  • : causing death

  • : possibly causing death

mortal

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Definition of mortal for English Language Learners

  • : a human being


MORTAL Defined for Kids

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mortal

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adjective mor·tal \ˈmȯr-təl\

Definition of mortal for Students

  1. 1 :  capable of causing death a mortal wound

  2. 2 :  certain to die We all are mortal.

  3. 3 :  feeling great and lasting hatred a mortal enemy

  4. 4 :  very great or overpowering mortal fear

  5. 5 :  1human 1 mortal power

mortally

adverb mortally afraid

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mortal

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noun mor·tal

Definition of mortal for Students

  1. :  a human being


Medical Dictionary

mortal

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adjective mor·tal \ˈmȯrt-əl\

Medical Definition of mortal

  1. 1:  having caused or being about to cause death :  fatal a mortal injury

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or connected with death mortal agony



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