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lethal

[lee-thuhl]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or causing death; deadly; fatal: a lethal weapon; a lethal dose.
2.
made to cause death: a lethal chamber; a lethal attack.
3.
causing great harm or destruction: The disclosures were lethal to his candidacy.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin lētālis, equivalent to lēt(um) death + -ālis -al1; spelling (hence pronunciation) with -h- by association with Greek lḗthē oblivion

lethality, lethalness, noun
lethally, adverb
hyperlethal, adjective
nonlethal, adjective
nonlethally, adverb
semilethal, adjective
unlethal, adjective
unlethally, adverb


1. See fatal.
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lethal (ˈliːθəl)
 
adj
1.  able to cause or causing death
2.  of or suggestive of death
 
[C16: from Latin lēthālis, from lētum death]
 
lethality
 
n
 
'lethally
 
adv

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lethal
1580s, from L.L. lethalis, from L. letalis "deadly, fatal," from letum "death," of uncertain origin. Form altered in L.L. by association with lethe hydor "water of oblivion" in Hades in Greek mythology, from Gk. lethe "forgetfulness."
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lethal le·thal (lē'thəl)
adj.

  1. Capable of causing death.

  2. Of, relating to, or causing death.

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