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.

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And just before midnight in Fort Lauderdale, a 32-year-old man was mortally wounded while setting off fireworks for his family in the 1600 block of Northwest 13th Street, according to the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Two men dead, teen injured in separate fireworks explosions," 5 July 2019 In its third year, the fellowship was created in honor of Bolles, a Republic investigative reporter who was mortally wounded in a car explosion more than 40 years ago. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Isaac Windes receives 2019 Don Bolles fellowship for project on natural disasters," 2 July 2019 Flores returned that evening and the dispute flared up again, leading to a fight that left Martinez mortally wounded. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man pleads guilty in fight that killed day-laborer in Lemon Grove," 28 June 2019 Politics is far too much about perception and unfortunately, Judge Moore is wounded, maybe mortally., "How the odds are stacked against Roy Moore," 21 June 2019 Craddock was mortally wounded in an intense gunbattle with police. Alan Suderman,, "Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announces special session on gun control," 4 June 2019 Of course, missing a few hairs isn't the end of the world — and if someone is mortally offended that there is hair on your legs, in patches or fully grown in, that's their problem, not yours. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "I Tried David Beckham's House 99 Sharp Cut Shaving Stick on My Legs," 12 Oct. 2018 The free kick is cleared and Griezmann fouls Di Maria, who for 10 full seconds is mortally wounded. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018 He was not charged directly with the killing of his pal, Omar Darwish, 18, who was mortally wounded during the botched drug deal on Jan. 19. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Famed for Kendall Toyota ads, he's now indicted on charges linked to deadly drug deal," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of mortally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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