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deadly

[ded-lee] /ˈdɛd li/
adjective, deadlier, deadliest.
1.
causing or tending to cause death; fatal; lethal:
a deadly poison.
2.
aiming to kill or destroy; implacable:
a deadly enemy.
3.
like death:
a deadly pallor.
4.
excruciatingly boring:
The dinner party was absolutely deadly.
5.
excessive; inordinate:
deadly haste.
6.
extremely accurate:
Annie Oakley was a deadly shot.
adverb
7.
in a manner resembling or suggesting death:
deadly pale.
8.
excessively; completely:
deadly dull.
Origin of deadly
900
before 900; Middle English deedli(ch), Old English dēadlīce. See dead, -ly
Related forms
deadliness, noun
nondeadly, adjective
Can be confused
deadly, deathly.
Synonyms
1. See fatal. 4. dull, tedious, tiresome.
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  • It was the deadliest of all attacks when that merciless tribunal of death stood waiting for the first fall of the vanquished.

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  • For what else is fault-finding, intolerance and uncharitableness, but the deadliest poison?

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  • They are the persons who can, if they will, deal a blow of the deadliest character at the future rule of England.

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  • I cannot direct thee to paths free from the wanderings of the deadliest foes.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • It was their sacred duty to aid in the extermination of heretics,—the deadliest foes both of God and their sovereign.

British Dictionary definitions for deadliest

deadly

/ˈdɛdlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
likely to cause death: deadly poison, deadly combat
2.
(informal) extremely boring
adverb, adjective
3.
like death in appearance or certainty: deadly pale, a deadly sleep
Derived Forms
deadliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for deadliest

deadly

adj.

Old English deadlic "mortal, subject to death," also "causing death;" see dead + -ly (1). Meaning "having the capacity to kill" is from late 14c. (Old English words for this included deaðbærlic, deaðberende).

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Slang definitions & phrases for deadliest

deadly

adjective

  1. Boring; extremely tedious; dull as death itself: I came prepared for a long and deadly meeting (1300+)
  2. Excellent; admirable; cool (1940s+ Swing talk)

adverb

Extremely: She is deadly serious about it (1300+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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