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[ deth-lee ]


  1. causing death; deadly; fatal.
  2. like death:

    a deathly silence.

  3. of, relating to, or indicating death; morbid:

    a deathly odor from the sepulcher.


  1. in the manner of death.
  2. very; utterly:

    deathly afraid.


/ ˈdɛθlɪ /


  1. deadly
  2. resembling death

    a deathly quiet

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdeathliness, noun

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Other Words From

  • deathli·ness noun
  • pre·deathly adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of deathly1

before 1000; Middle English dethlich, Old English dēathlīc. See death, -ly

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Example Sentences

Especially in this pandemic world, with all the people that have gotten deathly ill around us, stopping business operations for a company like that is just a disgusting thought.

One day in 2010, when oncologist Paul Muizelaar operated on a patient with glioblastoma—a brain tumor infamous for its deathly toll—he did something shocking.

“The streets were deathly quiet as the horses pulled Lincoln’s car, hearse-like, through the dark streets,” Widmer wrote.

I am fortunate that I have never been deathly ill, but whenever I have the stomach flu, I most certainly feel like I am dying.

Part Grim Reaper, part angel, this deathly saint had few followers, and they mostly worshipped in private.

Their network of super-elite inbreeding and strategic couplings had united the West in a deathly embrace.

Sure, there's that fringe group of weirdos who are deathly afraid of clowns.

Hideo Nakata, the world famous Japanese horror film director is deathly afraid of one thing: dark waters.

She bent forward, her chin resting upon her breast, and gradually the deathly sickness passed.

Deathly pale, the teacher took a step toward the window, but hastily turned, and dashed from the room.

Lying there, with hollow cheeks, eyes closed and lips deathly pale, it seemed as if the spirit had already fled.

I felt deathly sick, physically sick, fearing she was marked for death, fearing she was reserved for worse than death.

And she raised her proud head higher, and looked about her and deep down with deathly eyes.





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