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mortal
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Macbeth
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as in: a mortal wound Define
causing death
  • Hold fast the mortal sword,

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  • Have the detectives determined who struck the mortal blow?
  • It was a slow death from the mortal injury.

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as in: mortal body Define
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
  • they have more in them than mortal knowledge.
  • Great business must be wrought ere noon: Upon the corner of the moon There hangs a vaporous drop profound; I’ll catch it ere it come to ground: And that, distill’d by magic sleights, Shall raise such artificial sprites, As, by the strength of their illusion, Shall draw him on to his confusion: He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear His hopes ’bove wisdom, grace, and fear: And you all know, security Is mortals’ chiefest enemy.

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  • Don’t expect perfection of a mere mortal.
  • In the story, he was neither a mortal nor a god. He was a demi-god.

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  • Rebellion’s head, rise never till the wood Of Birnam rise, and our high-plac’d Macbeth Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath To time and mortal custom.
  • Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here; And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it!

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  • Blood hath been shed ere now, i’ the olden time, Ere humane statute purg’d the gentle weal; Ay, and since too, murders have been perform’d Too terrible for the ear: the time has been, That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end; but now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools: this is more strange Than such a murder is.
  • The spirits that know All mortal consequences have pronounc’d me thus,— "Fear not, Macbeth; no man that’s born of woman Shall e’er have power upon thee.

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as in: mortal body Define
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
as in: a mortal wound Define
causing death
as in: felt mortal agony Define
extreme or intense
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