mortal

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From Anglo-Norman mortal, Middle French mortal, and their source Latin mortālis, from mors (death).

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mortal (comparative more mortal, superlative most mortal)

  1. Susceptible to death by aging, sickness, injury, or wound; not immortal. [from 14th c.]
  2. Causing death; deadly, fatal, killing, lethal (now only of wounds, injuries etc.). [from 14th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.11:
      Blyndfold he was; and in his cruell fist / A mortall bow and arrowes keene did hold […].
  3. Fatally vulnerable; vital.
    • Milton
      Last of all, against himself he turns his sword, but missing the mortal place, with his poniard finishes the work.
  4. Of or relating to the time of death.
    • Alexander Pope
      Safe in the hand of one disposing Power, / Or in the natal or the mortal hour.
  5. Affecting as if with power to kill; deathly.
    • Dryden
      The nymph grew pale, and in a mortal fright.
    • mortal enemy
  6. Human; belonging to man, who is mortal.
    mortal wit or knowledge; mortal power
    • Milton
      The voice of God / To mortal ear is dreadful.
  7. Very painful or tedious; wearisome.
    a sermon lasting two mortal hours
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  8. (UK, slang) Very drunk; wasted; smashed.
    Let's go out and get mortal!

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Noun[edit]

mortal (plural mortals)

  1. A human; someone susceptible to death.
    Her wisdom was beyond that of a mere mortal.

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mortal (epicene, plural mortales)

  1. mortal (susceptible to death)
  2. mortal (causing death; deadly; fatal; killing)
  3. deadly (lethal)

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin mortālis.

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mortal m, f (masculine and feminine plural mortals)

  1. mortal
  2. deadly, lethal

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mortal m, f (plural mortals)

  1. mortal

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese mortal, and their source Latin mortālis, from mors (death).

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mortal m, f (plural mortais; comparable and uncomparable)

  1. (not comparable) Susceptible to death; mortal.
  2. (comparable) Prone to cause death; deadly; lethal; fatal.

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mortal m f (plural mortais)

  1. A mortal person.

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mortal m, f (plural mortales)

  1. deadly
  2. mortal

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