from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, resembling, or characteristic of death: a deathly silence.
  • adj. Causing death; fatal.
  • adv. In the manner of death.
  • adv. Extremely; very: The night was deathly cold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deadly; fatal; mortal; destructive.
  • adv. Deadly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • So as to resemble a dead person, or death.

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

  • adv. to a degree resembling death
  • adj. causing or capable of causing death
  • adj. having the physical appearance of death


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