from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, resembling, or characteristic of death.
  • adjective Causing death; fatal.
  • adverb In the manner of death.
  • adverb Extremely; very.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • So as to resemble a dead person, or death.
  • Like or characteristic of death; partaking of the nature or appearance of death: as, a deathly swoon; deathly pallor.
  • Threatening death; fatal; mortal; deadly.
  • Synonyms See deadly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Deadly; fatal; mortal; destructive.
  • adverb Deadly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Appearing as though dead, or on the verge of death.
  • adjective Fatal, causing death.
  • adjective Extreme.
  • adverb With reference to death.
  • adverb Extremely, dreadfully.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb to a degree resembling death
  • adjective causing or capable of causing death
  • adjective having the physical appearance of death


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