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English definition of “mortal”

mortal

adjective     /ˈmɔː.təl/ US  /ˈmɔːr.t̬əl/ literary
(of living things, especially people) unable to continue living for ever; having to die: For all men are mortal. → Compare immortal adjectiveDeath and dying causing death: a mortal injury/illness men engaged in mortal combat (= fighting until one of them dies)figurative New computing technology dealt a mortal blow to the power of the old printing unions. → Compare lethalKillingMurder and attempted murder mortal dread/fear/terror extreme anxiety about or fear of someone or something: We live in mortal dread of further attacks.Fear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words mortal enemy, danger, threat, etc. a very serious and dangerous enemy, danger, threat, etc.Dangers and threatsSerious and severeSevere
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