American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Capable of causing death.
- adj. Of, relating to, or causing death. See Synonyms at fatal.
- adj. Extremely harmful; devastating: accusations lethal to the candidate's image.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or capable of causing death; deadly; fatal.
- adj. deadly; mortal; fatal
- n. chemistry One of the higher alcohols of the paraffine series obtained from spermaceti as a white crystalline solid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Chem.) One of the higher alcohols of the paraffine series obtained from spermaceti as a white crystalline solid. It is so called because it occurs in the ethereal salt of lauric acid.
- adj. Deadly; mortal; fatal.
- adj. of an instrument of certain death
- Abbreviation of “lauric acid ethereal salt”, so called because it occurs in the ethereal salt of lauric acid. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin lēthālis, alteration (probably influenced by Lēthē, Lethe) of Latin lētālis, from lētum, death. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In 1934, Stauder coined the term lethal catatonia to characterize an acute, intense excitement state, combining features of mania and delirium, that was associated with fever often high and catatonic signs.”
“When the legislation was considered by parliament, ministers made clear there could be circumstances in which it could be used to authorise what they described as "lethal force".”
“And then just before midnight they'll make calls, one more time, to the governor's office and then also to the courts to make sure that nothing has changed and at that point the warden will give the order to give him what they call a lethal cocktail and then the execution will be taking place.”
“Barak told Israel Radio he didn't expect the International Atomic Energy Agency report to persuade Russia and China to impose what he called "lethal" sanctions on Iran to pressure Tehran to dismantle its nuclear installations.”
“Mr. Barak told Israel Radio he didn't expect the International Atomic Energy Agency report to persuade Russia and China to impose what he called "lethal" sanctions on Iran to pressure Tehran to dismantle its nuclear installations.”
“Dec 11, 2008 | not rated yet | no comments yet (PhysOrg. com) -- In a new tactic in the fight against cancer, Cornell researcher Michael King has developed what he calls a lethal "lint brush" for the blood -- a tiny, implantable device that captures and”
“The court has for now cleared the way for states to obtain lethal injection drugs from foreign sources.”
“Hospira spokesman Dan Rosenberg said the company couldn't control how physicians used the drug, adding that many drugs could be used in lethal-injection procedures, "most of which … are intended by their producers for other uses.”
“If you practice and have a good rest and good judgement, this gun/round is lethal from a long long way out.”
“Concentration camp prisoners were used in lethal experiments because they were seen as doomed to die anyway, were seen as racial inferiors, and, given the conditions of total war that prevailed, they were considered completely expendable in the service of the national security of the Third Reich.”
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