a human being.
the condition of being subject to death.

Nearby words

  1. morse, samuel f. b.,
  2. morse, samuel finley breese,
  3. morsel,
  4. mort,
  5. mortadella,
  6. mortal mind,
  7. mortal sin,
  8. mortal sin/venial sin,
  9. mortality,
  10. mortality rate

Origin of mortal

1325–75; Middle English < Latin mortālis, equivalent to mort- (stem of mors) death + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for mortal



(of living beings, esp human beings) subject to death
of or involving life or the world
ending in or causing death; fatala mortal blow
deadly or unrelentinga mortal enemy
of or like the fear of death; diremortal terror
great or very intensemortal pain
possiblethere was no mortal reason to go
slang long and tediousfor three mortal hours


a mortal being
informal a persona mean mortal
Derived Formsmortally, adverb

Word Origin for mortal

C14: from Latin mortālis, from mors death

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Word Origin and History for mortal
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Medicine definitions for mortal




Liable or subject to death.
Causing death; fatal.

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