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deathlike

[deth-lahyk] /ˈdɛθˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
resembling death.
Origin of deathlike
1540-1550
1540-50; death + -like; compare Old English dēathlīc deathly
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  • A deathlike silence succeeded the noise of the explosion, then a cry was heard, then a hundred more.

    Thunder and Lightning Camille Flammarion
  • We sat hushed and unbelieving in that terrible, deathlike silence.

  • And then one day there suddenly drifted across the deathlike valley the chime of jingling spurs and the sound of human voices.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • Then there came a lull, a strange, deep lull, deathlike after the mighty blast.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • A tremor passed over her deathlike countenance, a flush mounted to her cheeks.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • That was just it, a deathlike silence, and to such a downright question.

    Short Stories Fiodor Dostoievski
  • The combination of vivid red and green contrasted with the deathlike quiet and grandeur of the crater.

  • His face was pallid and deathlike, and his eyes were closed.

    Motor Matt's Mystery Stanley R. Matthews
  • The narrow grave was already dug beside it; and in the deathlike stillness around, the service for the dead was read.

  • It appeared to become of a deathlike paleness, and anon streaked with blood.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott

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