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mortal
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Candide
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as in: mortal body Define
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
  • You are going to be the happiest of mortals.
  • In short, Miss Cunegonde, I have had experience, I know the world; therefore I advise you to divert yourself, and prevail upon each passenger to tell his story; and if there be one of them all, that has not cursed his life many a time, that has not frequently looked upon himself as the unhappiest of mortals, I give you leave to throw me headforemost into the sea.

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  • "Well," said Candide to Martin when they had taken their leave, "you will agree that this is the happiest of mortals, for he is above everything he possesses."

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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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unspecified meaning
  • "Yes, they did," said the beautiful Cunegonde; "but those two accidents are not always mortal."
  • "Ah!" said the Marchioness of Parolignac, "the wearisome mortal!

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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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