Definitions

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

  • noun The quality or condition of being mortal.
  • noun Mortals considered as a group; the human race.
  • noun Death, especially of large numbers; heavy loss of life.
  • noun Death rate.
  • noun The rate of failure or loss.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition or character of being mortal, or of being subject to death, or to the necessity of dying.
  • noun Death.
  • noun Frequency of death; numerousness of deaths; deaths in relation to their numbers: as, a time of great mortality.
  • noun Specifically, the number of deaths in proportion to population: usually stated as the number of deaths per thousand of population.
  • noun The duration of human life.
  • noun Humanity; human nature; the human race.

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

  • noun The condition or quality of being mortal; subjection to death or to the necessity of dying.
  • noun Human life; the life of a mortal being.
  • noun Those who are, or that which is, mortal; the human race; humanity; human nature.
  • noun Death; destruction.
  • noun The whole sum or number of deaths in a given time or a given community; also, the proportion of deaths to population, or to a specific number of the population; death rate
  • noun See under Bill.
  • noun a mathematical relation between the numbers living at different ages, so that from a given large number of persons alive at one age, it can be computed what number are likely to survive a given number of years.
  • noun a table exhibiting the average relative number of persons who survive, or who have died, at the end of each year of life, out of a given number supposed to have been born at the same time.

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

  • noun The condition of being susceptible to death
  • noun The death rate of a population

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

  • noun the quality or state of being mortal
  • noun the ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 per year

Etymologies

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From mortal +‎ -ity.

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  • Men at My Father's Funeral by William Matthews

    The ones his age who shook my hand

    on their way out sent fear along

    my arm like heroin. These weren't

    men mute about their feelings,

    or what's a body language for?

    and I, the glib one, who'd stood

    with my back to my father's body

    and praised the heart that attacked him?

    I'd made my stab at elegy,

    the flesh made word: the very spit

    in my mouth was sour with ruth

    and eloquence. What could be worse?

    Silence, the anthem of my father's

    new country. And thus this babble,

    like a dial tone, from our bodies.

    December 10, 2006

  • The Dead by Billy Collins

    The dead are always looking down on us, they say.

    while we are putting on our shoes or making a sandwich,

    they are looking down through the glass-bottom boats of heaven

    as they row themselves slowly through eternity.

    They watch the tops of our heads moving below on earth,

    and when we lie down in a field or on a couch,

    drugged perhaps by the hum of a warm afternoon,

    they think we are looking back at them,

    which makes them lift their oars and fall silent

    and wait, like parents, for us to close our eyes.

    December 10, 2006

  • Take mortality away and motivation loses its ... motivation. Thus vampires spend a lot of time lounging around and staring out the window and finding they can't be arsed. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    February 28, 2012