mor·​tal·​ly ˈmȯr-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce mortally (audio)
: in a deadly or fatal manner : to death
mortally wounded
: 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 About two minutes after initially spotting then following him, Lemos fired two shots at Perez, mortally wounding him. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 There aren’t a thousand surprises here, in a film that sometimes telegraphs rather than foreshadows: Kira discovers, early in the film, that her white mice have attacked one another overnight, leaving some mortally injured. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2024 My stepfather was mortally injured in a home invasion in Idabel, Oklahoma, the county seat, in 2004. The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 What if the drone operator locates a deer that was hit but not mortally wounded? Hayden Sammak, Outdoor Life, 8 Feb. 2024 The mission is to get Trump convicted of some felonies, mortally wounding his chances of beating even an opponent as weak as President Biden. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 6 Jan. 2024 Although Stickleback was mortally wounded in the collision, nearby ships rescued her entire crew, leaving the U.S. Navy down just one old, World War II-era submarine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 July 2023 Advertisement Deputies arrived and found 43-year-old Theodore Anthony Stewart, of Vista, mortally wounded, Jarjura said. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 Two passengers — Dominique Williams and James Johnson — were shot in the back and mortally wounded. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mortally was in the 14th century

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“Mortally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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