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- n. The state or quality of being deathly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being deathly; deadliness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being deathly; resemblance to death in its aspects or phenomena.
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If not as great a colorist as Delacroix, Géricault made an appropriate palette of deathliness.
The Earth, with its life-giving vitality, as well as its deathliness, was a convergence of Eros and Thanatos.
Not a blade of grass, not a flower, not even the hardiest lichen, springs up to relieve the utter deathliness of the scene.
And surely when, as she turned from side to side, I caught her full face – what a face it was! withered, thin, sallow almost to deathliness, with a bright rouge-spot on each cheek, a broad smile on the ghastly mouth.
Others were growing cold, and the life upon them was artificial and strange, only achieved by a highly intellectual and noble race, with an extraordinary command of natural forces, fighting in wonderfully constructed and guarded dwellings against the growing deathliness of a frozen world, and with a tortured despair in their minds at the extinction which threatened them.
And surely when, as she turned from side to side, I caught her full face -- what a face it was! withered, thin, sallow almost to deathliness, with a bright rouge-spot on each cheek, a broad smile on the ghastly mouth.
As we discover this, we understand that everything we've been reading has been recalled with one more layer of deathliness cast over it than we thought.
The emptiness of the white covering, the deathliness of the stripped trees, the frozen ground, suggest a world betrayed and nature itself turning on the innocents.