- subject to death; having a transitory life: all mortal creatures.
- of or relating to human beings as subject to death; human: this mortal life.
- belonging to this world.
- deadly or implacable; relentless: a mortal enemy.
- severe, dire, grievous, or bitter: in mortal fear.
- causing or liable to cause death; fatal: a mortal wound.
- to the death: mortal combat.
- of or relating to death: the mortal hour.
- involving spiritual death (opposed to venial): mortal sin.
- long and wearisome.
- extreme; very great: in a mortal hurry.
- conceivable; possible: of no mortal value to the owners.
- a human being.
- the condition of being subject to death.
Origin of 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
Word Origin and History for postmortal
mid-14c., "deadly," also "doomed to die," from Old French mortel "destined to die; deserving of death," from Latin mortalis "subject to death, mortal, of a mortal, human," from mors (genitive mortis) "death," from PIE base *mer- "to die," with derivatives referring to death and human beings" (cf. Sanskrit mrtih "death," martah "mortal man;" Avestan miryeite "dies," Old Persian martiya- "man;" Armenian meranim "die;" Latin mori "to die;" Lithuanian mirtis "mortal man;" Greek brotos "mortal" (hence ambrotos "immortal"); Old Church Slavonic mrutvu "dead;" Old Irish marb, Welsh marw "died;" Old English morþ "murder"). The most widespread Indo-European root for "to die," forming the common word for it except in Greek and Germanic. Watkins says it is "possibly" the same as PIE *mer- "rub, pound, wear away" (see morbid).
"mortal thing or substance," 1520s, from mortal (adj.). Latin mortalis also was used as a noun, "a man, mortal, human being."
- Liable or subject to death.
- Causing death; fatal.