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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
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In the story, she was neither a mortal nor a god. She 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
  • ...what mortal imagination could conceive it?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • mortal = merely human
  • And that ever-so-slight tug holds me to the finite and mortal world below.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • mortal = human (especially merely human)
  • Suddenly the broad disk of the moon arose and shone full upon his ghastly and distorted shape as he fled with more than mortal speed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • mortal = human
  • "... 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)
  • If he go through a doorway, he must open the door like a mortal.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
mortal = human

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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
  • Such mortal drugs I have;
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • mortal = lethal (causing death)
  • Look down on a poor soul in worse than mortal peril.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • mortal = deadly (causing death)
  • Redd screeched, and again The Cat felt the stinging, mortal blow of her scepter.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • mortal = deadly (causing death)
  • I trembled with rage and horror, resolving to wait his approach and then close with him in mortal combat.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • mortal = lethal (causing death)
  • And, of course, Rostam inflicting a mortal wound onto his son, the warrior Sohrab.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • 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

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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
  • He saw the world as a battlefield in which the children of light were locked in mortal conflict with the sons of darkness.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • mortal = 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
  • Alyss turned for a last look at the raging Cat, at the brave chessmen who had put themselves in mortal danger for her sake.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • mortal = extreme
  • 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
  • mortal = extreme
  • Tears, unrestrained, fell from my brother's eyes; a sense of mortal agony crept over my frame.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • mortal = extreme
  • She looked like a woman who walked in mortal fear...
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • mortal = extreme
  • 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
mortal = extreme

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