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as in: mortal body Define
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
  • 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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  • 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
  • I was under strict orders from Chiron never to take my anger out on regular mortals,
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Lord, what fools these mortals be!
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • "It is not easy for us to tell the difference between two mortals" said the Elf.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Gods are different from mortals, boy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I had to stop her from hurting the mortals.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth

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  • Few mortals have ever done this and survived:
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • You mortals and your short lives.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Poor mortals, how we labor all in vain!
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • I, perhaps, like most other mortals, have sorrows dark enough to be typified by a black veil.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • ...dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Raven
  • Lestat hunted for mortals every night,
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Now Lucy had wanted very badly to try the other spell, the one that made you beautiful beyond the lot of mortals.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • Here I am at your mercy, princess—
    are you a goddess or a mortal?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ...what mortal imagination could conceive it?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • they have more in them than mortal knowledge.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • "Percy," she said, her voice tight, "Rachel is just a mortal."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • It is our mortal lot to suffer and...
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • But the voice of God
    To mortal ear is dreadful:
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • For it is perilous for mortal man to walk out of the world of this Sun,
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • 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
  • In the vestibule below was a letter-box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could coax a ring.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • who has suffered almost more than any mortal can bear.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Granma said the understanding run deeper as the years went by, and she reckined it would get beyond anything mortal folks could think upon or explain.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • Jonathan Shadowhunter called on me then, and begged me to mix my blood with the blood of mortal men in a Cup and create a race of warriors who would rid this earth of demonkind.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Brother Daniel was talking of the last moment we knew of in Mary’s human life... Our Blessed Mother had been taken up into heaven, body and soul. What did we think of that? We went around the room, everyone declaring it was an honor for a mere mortal.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Pierc’d the proud Grecian’s only mortal part:
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • No mortal man has gone this way before,
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • I will be ready to risk my life at any time ... for the mortal world with whose safety we are charged.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • If you didn’t come up, you got dead and your mortal soul went to Hell.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • You unrivaled lords of jealousy—
    scandalized when goddesses sleep with mortals,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Now, think of the most unlucky mortal ever born—
    since you ask me, yes, they say I am his son."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • We live too far apart, out in the surging sea,
    off at the world’s end—
    no other mortals come to mingle with us.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But so many other things we suffered, past that count—
    what mortal in this wide world could tell it all?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It’s light work for a willing god to save a mortal
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Show me the trick to trap this ancient power,
     or he’ll see or sense me first and slip away.
    It’s hard for a mortal man to force a god.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • bringing light to immortal gods and mortal men,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Odysseus journeys home—the exile must return.
    But not in the convoy of the gods or mortal men.
    No, on a lashed, makeshift raft and wrung with pains,
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • So now at last, you gods, you train your spite on me
    for keeping a mortal man beside me.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • and Odysseus took the seat that Hermes just left,
    while the nymph set out before him every kind
    of food and drink that mortal men will take.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Hardly right, is it,
    for mortal woman to rival immortal goddess?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • She is mortal after all
    and you, you never age or die ….
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Ino, a mortal woman once with human voice...
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • there he sits and takes his wine, a mortal like a god.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • As the sun sprang up, leaving the brilliant waters in its wake,
    climbing the bronze sky to shower light on immortal gods
    and mortal men across the plowlands ripe with grain—
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I’m just a mortal man.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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as in: a mortal wound Define
causing death
  • Have the detectives determined who struck the mortal blow?
  • It was a slow death from the mortal injury.

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  • Hold fast the mortal sword,
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • a serpent armed with mortal sting.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Roll’d from his chariot with a mortal wound,
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • 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
  • 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
  • … 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
  • The French invaders, like an infuriated animal that has in its onslaught received a mortal wound, felt that they were perishing, but could not stop...
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
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as in: felt mortal agony Define
extreme or intense
  • She was in mortal fear of seeing him.
  • They are mortal enemies.

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  • But if you died with a mortal sin on your soul you could never enter heaven.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Meanwhile, nevertheless, it was sad to think of the perchance mortal agony through which he must struggle towards his triumph.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ...ever summoned to their aid in mortal anguish.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Expect with mortal pain:
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The kinfolks had raised some mortal fuss about it, according to Granma, after the funeral.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • Those eels will take a mortal long time to cook, and either of you might faint with hunger before they’re done.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • We’re mortal tired of being invisible.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • Oh, I was in such mortal terror!
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler

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  • days with mortal fright
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • 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
  • "It would be murder," the priest said, "a mortal sin."
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • All I can think of is the picture in our Catechism of a valentine with measles. That is the soul when it commits mortal sins. Venial sins are lighter, like a rash instead of measles. A rash that goes away even without Confession if you say an Act of Contrition.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
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  • It’s a little scary because, though I have good friends here, I also have mortal enemies, and you don’t want your enemies to know what you think.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Some of them were in mortal terror; others thought they were being taken out for a treat.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar

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  • Your injustice to me has a mortal sting!
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • From what I could gather on the rare occasions when Isaac shared with the group, a recurrence had placed his remaining eye in mortal peril.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • And if demons are coming through to the mortal world, we don’t have much time.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Gods only talk when they’re ready, and they don’t have a good sense of mortal time.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • ’Saint, unclose thy portals holy and accord the bliss, to a mortal bending lowly, of a pardon-kiss.’
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • And I’m also your master now I hold the Mortal Cup.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • That’s because Valentine’s been concentrating on the two Mortal Instruments that were here.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • How swiftly mortal love does fade.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels

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  • You’ll tell them anything they want because they have the Mortal Sword.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • No mortal on earth rode in such style as their King, the English knew.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • We must guard against these two mortal diseases of society.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I began to live in mortal fear that my wife would, God forbid, ask me to rip her clothes off and have my way with her.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The Holtons had been there when their children were sick; had comforted them when these illnesses proved mortal.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • A Mortal man is no match for a Siren.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Between the pillars, the dead sat on their stone thrones against the walls, backs against the sepulchres that contained their mortal remains.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • If she can be killed by mortal weapons.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • No mortal man could frighten him, no more than the darkness could …. nor memories, the bones of the soul.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The mortal art of Ghis is not mere butchery but a display of courage, skill, and strength most pleasing to your gods.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • OLD GENTLEMAN: [to the HOUSEWIFE] What can you do, dear lady, cats are only mortal.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • I flash her the smile I save for my mortal enemies.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • But you’re here, so Gaea must have had a reason to allow you back into the mortal world.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The Mortal Instruments is the story of Clary above everything else: the story of a girl who starts out ordinary and becomes a hero.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • My spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Both mortal predators and prey seem to agree on listening to their primal fears and hiding until dawn.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The guard entered last, staying by the door and facing the three of them as if the thaumaturge were in mortal danger.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • How could you—a mere mortal—possibly understand?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • For four mortal hours she sat on a wooden bench and struggled to grasp the tricky process of carding wool.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • I thought not; I knew the sound of mortal wounding.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • No mortal could support the horror of that countenance.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Martin Cunningham whispered: —I was in mortal agony with you talking of suicide before Bloom.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • —Posted like silent sentinels all around the town, stand thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • If the living be enemy to the grief, the excess makes it soon mortal.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Why, then we kill all our women: we see how mortal an unkindness is to them; if they suffer our departure, death’s the word.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • We that are true lovers run into strange capers; but as all is mortal in nature, so is all nature in love mortal in folly.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • But she, being mortal, of that boy did die; And for her sake do I rear up her boy: And for her sake I will not part with him.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • It is so indeed; he is no less than a stuffed man; but for the stuffing,—well, we are all mortal.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Saw you no more? mark’d you not how her sister Began to scold and raise up such a storm That mortal ears might hardly endure the din?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • This is no mortal business, nor no sound That the earth owes:—I hear it now above me.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • When Pierre came up the count was gazing straight at him, but with a look the significance of which could not be understood by mortal man.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Hands I have taken, face I have kiss’d, mortal I have ever touch’d, it shall be you.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • If not, it shall never be seen by mortal eye; and your secret, whether you be alive or dead, shall be safe with us.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • And who is the happy mortal whom you have honoured with your choice?
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Every mortal luxury…… Exeter!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "Yes, they did," said the beautiful Cunegonde; "but those two accidents are not always mortal."
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • An aging ghost, he thought, cruelly reminded that his youthful spirit was living in a mortal shell.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • No other mortal Men could have endured it, none but the Dunedain of the North, and with them Gimli the Dwarf and Legolas of the Elves.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Once she would have thought this omission a mortal sin but, somehow, staying away from church did not seem so sinful now as it formerly had.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • If Harry Potter goes back to Hogwarts, he will be in mortal danger.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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