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1  —as in:
mortal body
Definition human (especially merely human); or subject to death
  • Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In the story, he was neither a mortal nor a god. He was a demi-god.
  • mortal = human
  • People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
    Albert Einstein (in a letter to Otto Juliusburger)
  • Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
    Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Raven
  • merchants stood as a driving force behind the heroes of the age of discovery; this first heroic impulse to conquer the world emanated from very mortal forces—in the beginning, there was spice.
    Stefan Zweig
  • "... Our helper He a-mid the floods," wafted out across the Common in the tempo of a football march, "Of mortal ills prevailing!"
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • mortal = human (especially merely human)
  •   O, speak again, bright angel! for thou art
      As glorious to this night, being o'er my head,
      As is a winged messenger of heaven
      Unto the white-upturned wondering eyes
      Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him
      When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds
      And sails upon the bosom of the air.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • mortals = humans
  • The fatal hand had grappled with the mystery of life, and was the bond by which an angelic spirit kept itself in union with a mortal frame.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • mortal = merely human
  • You mortals and your short lives.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • mortals = humans (especially merely humans)
  • But the voice of God
    To mortal ear is dreadful:
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
mortal = human (or subject to death)

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2  —as in:
a mortal wound
Definition causing death
  • Have the detectives determined who struck the mortal blow?
mortal = causing death
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It was a slow death from the mortal injury.
  • mortal = causing death
  •   My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt
      In my behalf;
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • mortal = lethal (causing death)
  • Such mortal drugs I have;
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • mortal = lethal (causing death)
  • Roll'd from his chariot with a mortal wound,
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • mortal = causing death
  • Hold fast the mortal sword,
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • mortal = deadly (causing death)
  • a serpent armed with mortal sting.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • mortal = causing death
  • No mariners yet can boast they've raced their ship
    past Scylla's lair without some mortal blow—
    with each of her six heads she snatches up
    a man from the dark-prowed craft and whisks him off.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • mortal = causing death
  • ... so now they writhed,
    gasping as Scylla swung them up her cliff and there
    at her cavern's mouth she bolted them down raw—
    screaming out, flinging their arms toward me,
    lost in that mortal struggle ....
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Out of the morning mist they came against us—
    packed as the leaves and spears that flower forth in spring—
    and Zeus presented us with disaster, me and my comrades
    doomed to suffer blow on mortal blow.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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3  —as in:
felt mortal agony
Definition extreme or intense
  • They are mortal enemies.
mortal = intense
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She was in mortal fear of seeing him.
  • mortal = extreme or intense
  • I am in mortal terror at this turn, for I haven't any idea what the things are called professionally.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • mortal = extreme
  • It was a frightening pain, because he could not see what was happening, and he had the feeling that some mortal injury was being done to him.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • mortal = extreme
  • In tears for the one he lost, he stood and cried,
    "My friends, what a mortal blow this man has dealt
    to all our island people!"
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • mortal = extreme or intense
  • Oh, I was in such mortal terror!
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • mortal = extreme or intense
  • ...ever summoned to their aid in mortal anguish.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • mortal = extreme or intense
  • But if you died with a mortal sin on your soul you could never enter heaven.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • mortal = extreme or intense
  • Expect with mortal pain:
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • mortal = extreme or intense
  • "It would be murder," the priest said, "a mortal sin."
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
mortal = extreme or intense

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