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deathlike

[deth-lahyk] /ˈdɛθˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
resembling death.
Origin of deathlike
1540-1550
1540-50; death + -like; compare Old English dēathlīc deathly
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  • We sat hushed and unbelieving in that terrible, deathlike silence.

  • A murmuring, then a laugh, cut through the deathlike stillness.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • But no sound broke the deathlike stillness of the desert night.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Carmena screamed and fell over sideways in a deathlike faint.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Then there came a lull, a strange, deep lull, deathlike after the mighty blast.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • On the morning of the ninth day, Peggy sunk into a deathlike stupor.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • His hull get up was too deathlike and clammy; so we persuaded him to leave.

  • Again there is weary and deathlike repose in this dark desert.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • With an effort he drew over his face its customary, deathlike mask.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
  • The first thing that struck her was the deathlike stillness of the room.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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