mortal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mortal, mortel, from Old French mortal, Old French mortal, and their source Latin mortālis, from mors (death).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɔːtəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)təl

Adjective[edit]

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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) 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
    • (Can we date this quote?) John 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. (Britain, slang) Very drunk; wasted; smashed.
    • 1995, Alan Warner, Morvern Callar, Vintage 2015, p. 13:
      Thats[sic] nothing, says Tequila Sheila, who told how the summer she was housemaid in The Saint Columba she took this guy back to the staff flats while mortal on slammers and crashed out on him before anything could happen.

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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.
    • 1596, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
      Lord what fools these mortals be!
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175, page 035:
      But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window [].

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mortal (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) Mortally; enough to cause death.
    It's mortal cold out there.

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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.

Adjective[edit]

mortal (masculine and feminine plural mortals)

  1. mortal
  2. deadly, lethal

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mortal m, f (plural mortals)

  1. mortal

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mortal (not comparable)

  1. mortal (liable to die)
    Illo es un mortal wombat, illo decomponera etiam.
  2. mortal (causing death)
    Un mortal wombat attaccava ille.

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Italian[edit]

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mortal m, f

  1. Apocopic form of mortale

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, sometimes comparable)

  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 (plural mortales)

  1. deadly
  2. mortal

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