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

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Examples of mortally in a Sentence

I'm mortally certain that I've seen that guy before.
Recent Examples on the Web The fatal shooting occurred at about 6 a.m. Sunday when a 35-year-old man was found mortally wounded inside a residence on the 19300 block of Cameron Street. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Police: 1 dead, 11 wounded in weekend shootings across Detroit," 21 June 2020 Frustrated in his search for the big China trade deal, and mortally afraid of the negative political effects of the coronavirus pandemic on his re-election prospects, Trump has now decided to blame China, with ample justification. John Bolton, WSJ, "John Bolton: The Scandal of Trump’s China Policy," 17 June 2020 Police responded to a report of gunfire at 3 a.m. on the 2700 block of Manon Avenue to find one man mortally wounded, and another man injured. Sam Whiting,, "One dead, one injured in Hayward shooting," 14 June 2020 Seconds later, three gunshots sounded and Brooks fell mortally wounded. Russ Bynum And Sean Murphy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Atlanta moved quickly after weekend police shooting," 14 June 2020 What is at stake—economically, emotionally, mortally—in the effort to start up sports again? The New Republic, "Is Baseball Safe?," 20 May 2020 Bolles was mortally wounded after a bomb was placed beneath his car on June. 2, 1976. John D'anna, azcentral, "The Arizona Republic at 130 years old: 'First, last and all the time a newspaper'," 19 May 2020 Already a crucial census, now the tabulation of human existence within geopolitical borders has another, mortally important aim. Shannon Pufahl, The New York Review of Books, "Numbering the Dead," 21 Apr. 2020 Several North Vietnamese soldiers climbed a steep bluff behind the team's position and detonated a 40-pound Claymore mine, killing three team members, mortally wounding a fourth and injuring all the rest. John D'anna, azcentral, "Tony Tercero, a Vietnam War hero from Phoenix, dies of COVID-19 at age 71," 30 Apr. 2020

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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