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Definition the quality of being mortal (subject to death)


death rate — often given per 1,000 people per year
  • mortality rates are higher for smokers
  • His death made me aware of my own mortality.
  • mortality = the state of being subject to death (i.e., being mortal)
  • calculated by using the applicable mortality table
  • But at the age of twenty-three, personal mortality, the idea of my own death, was still largely outside my conceptual grasp.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • mortality = death
  • The Party claimed, for example, that today 40 per cent of adult proles were literate: before the Revolution, it was said, the number had only been 15 per cent. The Party claimed that the infant mortality rate was now only 160 per thousand, whereas before the Revolution it had been 300 — and so it went on.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • mortality = death rate
  • Mortality data show that in famines and droughts, it is mostly girls who die, not boys.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • mortality = death rate (often given per 1,000 people per year)
  • I was stirred by the dark mystery of mortality.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • mortality = death
  • He was seventy, and had mortality on his mind.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Such thoughts of mortality were not new to him (he was over seventy now), but they still had the power to annoy.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • He said his bout with TB had set him to pondering about mortality and the nature of the cosmos.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • "Adah chimed in: "A little ritual killing, a little infant mortality, just a few of the many healthy natural processes we don't care to think about."
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Now there is no question of your mortality.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • Moord: mortality, mordant, morbid, murder.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A wisitation, sir, is the lot of mortality.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Obesity is now second only to smoking as a cause of mortality in the United States.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • These are characters in Scott's novel, Old Mortality.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The mortality is by no means so great amongst the negroes who are still slaves.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The incidence of infant mortality is one of the highest in the world.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • It seemed so sad, so frivolous, that mere mortality, not judgment, kept him from it.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • How gladly would I meet Mortality my sentence, and be earth Insensible!
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost

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