One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A terrible experience, especially that of seduction or rape.
- ‘Her last thought was that she had saved her son from a fate worse than death.’
- ‘Another option is to move back in with my parents, which quite frankly would be a fate worse than death.’
- ‘The idea of working desk duty was like a fate worse than death.’
- ‘Losing those would be a fate worse than death I assure you!’
- ‘His point, as I pretended intense interest with my gaping pig imitation, was that without organized crime you'd be stuck with disorganized crime, a fate worse than death.’
- ‘For to cut off the limbs of people whose labour on the land gives them both a livelihood and a sense of belonging is to inflict on them a fate worse than death.’
- ‘To me, failing at this calling when challenged would be a fate worse than death.’
- ‘Treves rescues Merrick from a fate worse than death as he is attacked by a ravenous crowd at Liverpool Street station.’
- ‘Still a bit dazed, she remembered being thrown into the wall, then saved from a fate worse than death, but then she remembered the face.’
- ‘Why is it considered a fate worse than death to stay at home and rear children?’
- ‘Perhaps the endless waiting and not knowing is literally a fate worse than death.’
- ‘Self-doubt in a self-knowledge paradigm is a fate worse than death, because without a ground of being, one cannot protect oneself from attacks whether they be emotional, cultural, or economic.’
- ‘Positive attention from admiration is fine by me, but having pushy people constantly invading my privacy in the name of admiration is a fate worse than death.’
- ‘If you haven't, then I look forward to reading your email message categorically listing the 39 reasons why I have let you down and how I deserve a fate worse than death.’
- ‘Many people regard stroke as a fate worse than death - and with good reason.’
- ‘A group of brilliant artists were forced to be locked for months in the same office space as me - a fate worse than death.’
- ‘I sense no treachery in your word, but know if you betray me, you shall suffer a fate worse than death.’
- ‘It'd be a fate worse than death, a bit like being kept comatose on life support for decades: yes, technically you're alive, but it's no life at all.’
- ‘Cara nodded again, as though resigning herself to a fate worse than death.’
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