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- In a fatal manner; lethally.
1599, William Shakespeare, The Life of King Henry V:
- Witness our too much memorable shame
- When Cressy battle fatally was struck,
- And all our princes captiv'd by the hand
- Of that black name, Edward, Black Prince of Wales;
1918, H. B. Irving, A Book of Remarkable Criminals:
- He told Peace that he did not believe his statement that he had fired the pistol merely to frighten the constable; had not Robinson guarded his head with his arm he would have been wounded fatally, and Peace condemned to death.
- Ultimately, with finality or irrevocability, moving towards the demise of something.
2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, in BBC:
- Chelsea will point to that victory margin as confirmation of their superiority - but Spurs will complain their hopes of turning the game around were damaged fatally by Atkinson's decision.
1854, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods:
- "They pretend," as I hear, "that the verses of Kabir have four different senses; illusion, spirit, intellect, and the exoteric doctrine of the Vedas;" but in this part of the world it is considered a ground for complaint if a man's writings admit of more than one interpretation. While England endeavors to cure the potato-rot, will not any endeavor to cure the brain-rot, which prevails so much more widely and fatally?
- Fatedly; according to the dictates of fate or doom.
1919, Booth Tarkington, The Flirt:
- He was a slender young man in hot black clothes; he wore the unfacaded collar fatally and unanimously adopted by all adam's-apple men of morals; he was washed, fair, flat-skulled, clean-minded, and industrious; and the only noise of any kind he ever made in the world was on Sunday.
lethally — see lethally
ultimately, with finality or irrevocability