a. Liable or subject to death; not immortal: mortal beings.
b. Of or relating to humans as being subject to death: "When we have shuffled off this mortal coil" (Shakespeare).
a. Causing death; fatal: a mortal wound. See Synonyms at fatal.
b. Fought to the death: mortal combat.
c. Relentlessly hostile; implacable: a mortal enemy.
a. Of great intensity or severity; dire: mortal terror.
b. Conceivable; imaginable: no mortal reason for us to go.
c. Used as an intensive: a mortal fool.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mortālis, from mors, mort-, death; see mer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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