American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Liable or subject to death.
- adj. Of or relating to humankind; human: the mortal limits of understanding.
- adj. Of, relating to, or accompanying death: mortal throes.
- adj. Causing death; fatal: a mortal wound. See Synonyms at fatal.
- adj. Fighting or fought to the death; unrelenting: a mortal enemy; a mortal attack.
- adj. Of great intensity or severity; dire: mortal terror.
- adj. Conceivable: no mortal reason for us to go.
- adj. Used as an intensive: a mortal fool.
- n. A human.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Subject to death; destined to die.
- Human; of or pertaining to man, who is subject to death: as, mortal knowledge; mortal power.
- Deadly; destructive to life; causing death, or that may or must cause death; fatal.
- Deadly; implacable; to the death; such as threatens life: as, mortal hatred.
- Such that injury or disease affecting it may cause death.
- Bringing death; noting the time of death.
- Incurring the penalty of spiritual death; inferring divine condemnation: opposed to venial: as, a mortal sin (see sin).
- Extreme; very great or serious: as, mortal offense.
- Long and uninterrupted; felt to be long and tedious.
- Euphemistically, confounded; cursed: as, not a mortal thing to eat.
- n. Man, as a being subject to death; a human being.
- n. That which is mortal.
- Extremely; excessively; perfectly: as, mortal angry; mortal drunk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Subject to death; destined to die.
- adj. Destructive to life; causing or occasioning death; terminating life; exposing to or deserving death; deadly.
- adj. Fatally vulnerable; vital.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the time of death.
- adj. Affecting as if with power to kill; deathly.
- adj. Human; belonging to man, who is mortal.
- adj. colloq. Very painful or tedious; wearisome.
- n. A being subject to death; a human being; man.
- adj. subject to death
- n. a human being
- adj. involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death
- adj. unrelenting and deadly
- adj. causing or capable of causing death
- From Anglo-Norman mortal, Middle French mortal, and their source Latin mortālis, from mors ("death"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mortālis, from mors, mort-, death; see mer- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Cum causal regularly takes the Subjunctive; as, -- quae cum īta sint, _since this is so_; cum sīs mortālis, quae mortālia sunt, cūrā, _since you are mortal, care for what is mortal_.a. Note the phrase cum praesertim (praesertim cum), _especially since; _ as, --”
“_All men are mortal, Socrates is a man, Therefore Socrates is mortal_.”
“At best, matter is only a phenomenon of mortal mind, of which evil is the highest degree; but really there is no such thing as _mortal mind_, -- though we are compelled to use the phrase in the endeavor to express the underlying thought.”
“_mortal_, from _mort_, a great quantity, is used as a particle of amplification; as _mortal tall, mortal little_.”
“Plato is mortal, "will be necessary if either Socrates or _man_ is chosen as argument, but not if Plato or _mortal_ is chosen.”
“Socrates is mortal, "is necessary if Socrates is chosen as argument, but not if _man_ or _mortal_ is chosen.”
“When I say _Socrates is mortal_, the moment _Socrates_ is incomplete; it falls forward through the _is_ which is pure movement, into the _mortal_ which is indeed bare mortal on the tongue, but for the mind is _that mortal_, the _mortal Socrates_, at last satisfactorily disposed of and told off. [”
“Now, that was lucky for me, because when the police investigated, they talked to two witnesses, who were also living at my house at the time, and the detectives decided that what had happened between Donald and me was what they called mortal combat.”
“Of that which we call mortal race Polycrates was the first; and he had great expectation of becoming ruler of Ionia and of the islands.”
“S. John is not speaking here of what we call mortal sins, but of mortal sins continued till the measure is filled up, and when the last sin has been added which completes the measure, that is the sin unto death, which it avails nothing to pray for, for that sin ends in death.”
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