deathly

[deth-lee] /ˈdɛθ li/
adjective
1.
causing death; deadly; fatal.
2.
like death:
"a deathly silence."
3.
of, pertaining to, or indicating death; morbid:
"a deathly odor from the sepulcher."
adverb
4.
in the manner of death.
5.
very; utterly:
"deathly afraid."
Origin
before 1000; Middle English dethlich, Old English dēathlīc. See death, -ly
Related forms
deathliness, noun
predeathly, adjective
Can be confused
deadly, deathly.
Example Sentences for deathly
Pablo can't be deathly ill, she and her staffers decide.
Within a few months, her fingers began to turn cold and changed color from a dusky red to a deathly white.
Feel the cold creep into your bones in the deathly silence.
Everyone in the neighborhood is deathly afraid of him.
Some dogs can become deathly ill after consuming only a half an ounce of chocolate.
He couldn't get a job for a few years and became deathly sick.
British Dictionary definitions for deathly
deathly (ˈdɛθlɪ)
 
adj
1.  deadly
2.  resembling death: a deathly quiet
 
'deathliness
 
n

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Word Origin and History for deathly
deathly
O.E. deaþlic "mortal" (see death). Meaning "deadly" is from late 12c.; that of "death-like" is from 1560s.
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