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  • adj. Relating to death.
  • adj. Common misspelling of deathly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • So as to resemble death; deathly.


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  • In chapter 27 of ''Far From the Madding Crowd'', Bathsheba goes to visit her red-coated Captain Troy, who has promised to show her his swordplay. (Stop giggling, this is not a euphemism.) He describes certain cuts and thrusts, and the fair maiden interjects:

    "How murderous and bloodthirsty!"

    TO which our dashing captain replies:

    "They are rather deathy."

    December 29, 2008