mor·​tal·​ly | \ ˈmȯr-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce mortally (audio) \

Definition of mortally

1 : in a deadly or fatal manner : to death mortally wounded
2 : to an extreme degree : intensely mortally afraid

Examples of mortally in a Sentence

I'm mortally certain that I've seen that guy before.
Recent Examples on the Web Madden got out and shot and killed David Siau and mortally wounded McKenzie. Fox News, 20 July 2022 As members of the family tried to run, Madden shot and killed David Siau and mortally wounded McKenzie. CBS News, 20 July 2022 His ship was hit and he was mortally wounded in the process. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 June 2022 Police said Edward Manier was mortally wounded in an altercation with another man in the parking lot off Convoy Street shortly after 12:20 a.m. after a gathering inside Hive. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 On June 15, 2012, Crenshaw was serving with the SEALs in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when an IED mortally wounded his interpreter and severely wounded him. Shannon Larson,, 20 June 2022 History suggests that Monday’s vote leaves Mr. Johnson mortally wounded. Dominic Green, WSJ, 7 June 2022 Alfredo Gonzalez, who was mortally wounded and awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 18 May 2022 Officers would mortally wound the alleged hit man in a firefight at his house, police said. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mortally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mortally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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