mortiferous

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From Latin mortifer +‎ -ous.

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mortiferous (comparative more mortiferous, superlative most mortiferous)

  1. (now rare) Causing spiritual death. [from 16th c.]
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 140:
      Breton recruits were notorious for suffering from la nostalgie – a mortiferous form of homesickness.
  2. Causing physical death; deadly, fatal, lethal. [from 16th c.]

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