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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
1000
before 1000; Middle English dethlich, Old English dēathlīc. See death, -ly
Related forms
deathliness, noun
predeathly, adjective
Can be confused
deadly, deathly.
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Examples from the web 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/
adjective
1.
deadly
2.
resembling death: a deathly quiet
Derived Forms
deathliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for deathly
adj.

Old English deaþlic "mortal" (see death). Meaning "deadly" is from late 12c.; that of "death-like" is from 1560s.

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