- A bullet to the heart is an example of something you would describe as a mortal wound.
- An example of something you would describe as mortal is humans, who can die, as opposed to Gods who cannot die.
The definition of mortal is something that is likely to cause death, or someone that has the ability to die.
- that must eventually die: all mortal beings
- of a human being considered as a being who must eventually die
- of this world
- of death
- causing death; deadly; fatal
- to the death: mortal combat
- not to be pacified: a mortal enemy
- very intense; grievous: mortal terror
- extreme; very great
- very long and tedious
- conceivable; possible: of no mortal good to anyone
- Theol. causing spiritual death: said of a sin serious in itself, adequately recognized as such, and committed with full consent of one's will
Origin of mortalOld French from Classical Latin mortalis from mors (gen. mortis), death, akin to mori, to die from Indo-European base an unverified form mer-, to die, be worn out from source murder, Sanskrit marati, (he) dies
a being who must eventually die; esp., a human being; person
- a. Liable or subject to death; not immortal: mortal beings.b. Of or relating to humans as being subject to death: “When we have shuffled off this mortal coil” ( Shakespeare )
- a. Causing death; fatal: a mortal wound. See Synonyms at fatal.b. Fought to the death: mortal combat.c. Relentlessly hostile; implacable: a mortal enemy.
- a. Of great intensity or severity; dire: mortal terror.b. Conceivable; imaginable: no mortal reason for us to go.c. Used as an intensive: a mortal fool.
Origin of mortalMiddle English from Old French from Latin mortālis from mors mort- death ; see mer- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more mortal, superlative most mortal)
- Susceptible to death by aging, sickness, injury, or wound; not immortal. [from 14th c.]
- Causing death; deadly, fatal, killing, lethal (now only of wounds, injuries etc.). [from 14th c.]
- Fatally vulnerable; vital.
- Of or relating to the time of death.
- Affecting as if with power to kill; deathly.
- Human; belonging to man, who is mortal.
- mortal wit or knowledge; mortal power
- Very painful or tedious; wearisome.
- a sermon lasting two mortal hours
- (UK, slang) Very drunk; wasted; smashed.
- Let's go out and get mortal!