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From Middle French à la mort (to the death) reinterpreted as all amort.



  1. (archaic, literary) As if dead; lifeless; spiritless; dejected; depressed.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Scene 3,[1]
      How fares my Kate? What, sweeting, all amort?
    • 1595, George Peele, The Old Wives’ Tale, The Malone Society Reprints, 1908, lines 3-5,[2]
      How nowe fellowe Franticke, what all a mort? Doth this sadnes become thy madnes?
    • 1737, Susanna Centlivre, The Perjur’d Husband, London: W. Feales, Act IV, Scene 2, p. 56,[3]
      What, all amort, Signior, no Courage left?
    • 1820, John Keats, “The Eve of St. Agnes”, in Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems, London: Taylor & Hessey, stanza VIII, p. 87,[4]
      The hallow’d hour was near at hand: she sighs
      Amid the timbrels, and the throng’d resort
      Of whisperers in anger, or in sport;
      ’Mid looks of love, defiance, hate, and scorn,
      Hoodwink’d with faery fancy; all amort,
      Save to St. Agnes and her lambs unshorn,
      And all the bliss to be before to-morrow morn.
    • 1890, Francis Saltus Saltus, “The Harem” in Shadows and Ideals, Buffalo: Charles Wells Moulton, p. 338,[5]
      Here repose houris, dreamlike fair;
      Eyes half amort by amorous care;
      Marvels of flesh, wonders of hair!