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  1. in a manner leading to death or disaster: He was injured fatally in the accident.
  2. by a decree of fate or destiny; by inevitable predetermination.
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Origin of fatally

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at fatal, -ly
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Related Words for fatally

badly, desperately, fatally, impossibly, unfortunately, incurably

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British Dictionary definitions for fatally


  1. resulting in death or disasterfatally wounded in battle
  2. 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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