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mortal

adjective mor·tal \ ˈmȯr-tᵊl \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of mortal

1 :causing or having caused death :fatal
  • a mortal injury
2 a :subject to death
  • mortal man
  • Every living creature is mortal.
b :possible, conceivable
  • have done every mortal thing
c :deadly 3
  • waited three mortal hours
3 :marked by unrelenting hostility
  • a mortal enemy
4 :marked by great intensity or severity
  • mortal fear
5 :human
  • mortal limits
  • a nobody with an all too mortal longing to be a somebody
  • Time
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.

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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

Definition of mortal

chiefly dialectal

Origin and Etymology of mortal


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mortal

noun

Definition of mortal

: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

Recent Examples of mortal from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of mortal

see 1human



MORTAL Defined for English Language Learners

mortal

adjective

Definition of mortal for English Language Learners

  • : certain to die

  • : causing death

  • : possibly causing death


mortal

noun

Definition of mortal for English Language Learners

  • : a human being


MORTAL Defined for Kids

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mortal

adjective mor·tal \ ˈmȯr-tᵊl \

Definition of mortal for Students

1 :capable of causing death
  • a mortal wound
2 :certain to die
  • We all are mortal.
3 :feeling great and lasting hatred
  • a mortal enemy
4 :very great or overpowering
  • mortal fear
5 :1human 1
  • mortal power

mortally

adverb
  • mortally afraid

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mortal

noun

Definition of mortal for Students

:a human being

Medical Dictionary

mortal

adjective mor·tal \ ˈmȯrt-ᵊl \

medical Definition of mortal

1 :having caused or being about to cause death :fatal
  • a mortal injury
2 :of, relating to, or connected with death
  • mortal agony


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