EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English mortal, mortel, from Old French mortal, Old French mortal, and their source Latin mortālis, from mors (death).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɔːtəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)təl

AdjectiveEdit

mortal (comparative more mortal, superlative most mortal)

  1. Susceptible to death by aging, sickness, injury, or wound; not immortal. [from 14th c.]
  2. Causing death; deadly, fatal, killing, lethal (now only of wounds, injuries etc.). [from 14th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.11:
      Blyndfold he was; and in his cruell fist / A mortall bow and arrowes keene did hold […].
  3. Punishable by death.
  4. Fatally vulnerable.
  5. Of or relating to the time of death.
  6. Affecting as if with power to kill; deathly.
  7. Human; belonging or pertaining to people who are mortal.
    mortal wit or knowledge; mortal power
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 10”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      The voice of God / To mortal ear is dreadful.
    • 2012, Olivia Gates, Immortal, Insatiable, Indomitable, Harlequin (→ISBN)
      “It's just...I hesitated to call the police. I wasn't sure you'd appreciate their presence.” He sure wouldn't. Mortal scum he could dispatch. Mortal law enforcement he avoided at all costs []
  8. Very painful or tedious; wearisome.
    a sermon lasting two mortal hours
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  9. (Britain, slang) Very drunk; wasted; smashed.
    • 1995, Alan Warner, Morvern Callar, Vintage 2015, p. 13:
      Thats[sic] nothing, says Tequila Sheila, who told how the summer she was housemaid in The Saint Columba she took this guy back to the staff flats while mortal on slammers and crashed out on him before anything could happen.
  10. (religion) Of a sin: involving the penalty of spiritual death, rather than merely venial.

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mortal (plural mortals)

  1. A human; someone susceptible to death.
    Antonym: immortal
    Her wisdom was beyond that of a mere mortal.
    • 1596, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
      Lord what fools these mortals be!
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
      But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window [].

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mortal (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) Mortally; enough to cause death.
    It's mortal cold out there.

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mortal (epicene, plural mortales)

  1. mortal (susceptible to death)
  2. mortal (causing death; deadly; fatal; killing)
  3. deadly (lethal)
    Synonym: mortíferu

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin mortālis.

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mortal (masculine and feminine plural mortals)

  1. mortal
    Antonym: immortal
  2. deadly, lethal

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mortal m or f (plural mortals)

  1. mortal

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mortal (not comparable)

  1. mortal (liable to die)
    Illo es un mortal wombat, illo decomponera etiam.
  2. mortal (causing death)
    Un mortal wombat attaccava ille.

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mortal m or f

  1. Apocopic form of mortale

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mortal

  1. mortal
  2. deadly, lethal

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Portuguese mortal, and their source Latin mortālis, from mors (death).

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mortal m or f (plural mortais, sometimes comparable)

  1. (not comparable) Susceptible to death; mortal.
    Antonym: imortal
  2. (comparable) Prone to cause death; deadly; lethal; fatal.

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mortal m, f (plural mortais)

  1. a mortal person
    Antonym: imortal

Further readingEdit

  • mortal” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin mortālis.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /morˈtal/, [morˈt̪al]
  • Hyphenation: mor‧tal

AdjectiveEdit

mortal (plural mortales)

  1. deadly
  2. mortal
    Antonym: inmortal

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