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[feyt-l-ee] /ˈfeɪt l i/
in a manner leading to death or disaster:
He was injured fatally in the accident.
by a decree of fate or destiny; by inevitable predetermination.
Origin of fatally
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at fatal, -ly Unabridged
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  • Yet he knew that he was not fatally injured if he could stop that mortal drain of his wounds.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • When they disagree they do so fatally, with fire-arms in their hands, and on the public streets.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • If examination once began it must go on, and must, fatally, conduct to doubt.

  • But it is fatally wanting in the elements of tenderness, beauty, and sympathy.

  • But it was only for the moment—and it went down steadily, rapidly, fatally.

British Dictionary definitions for fatally


resulting in death or disaster: fatally wounded in battle
as decreed by fate; inevitably
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fatally

1570s, "predestined," from fatal + -ly (2). Meaning "in a deadly manner" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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