- The definition of mortal is something that is likely to cause death, or someone that has the ability to die.
- 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.
- 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!