[ 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 word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at fatal, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for fatally


/ (ˈfeɪtəlɪ) /


resulting in death or disasterfatally wounded in battle
as decreed by fate; inevitably
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Word Origin and History for fatally



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

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