Definition of deathly in English:

deathly

adjective

  • 1Resembling or suggestive of death.

    ‘a deathly hush fell over the breakfast table’
    as submodifier ‘she felt deathly cold’
    • ‘Friday's encounters had been played out in front of banks of empty seats and a deathly hush.’
    • ‘The hall was hushed to a deathly silence as he began to talk, his voice full of authority.’
    • ‘Suitably chastened, the woman returned to her seat, and all four sat down in deathly silence until the plane landed.’
    • ‘The red eyes were bright and swollen from crying, and the white skin was deathly pale from the cold.’
    • ‘Her breathing became shallow and ragged, while her face began to pale to a deathly white.’
    • ‘He pulled his face mask up and marched into the deathly cold mountain air.’
    • ‘Her face was deathly pale, but she managed a small smile in Tom's direction.’
    • ‘Her face was deathly pale underneath the rouge and the dark lipstick.’
    • ‘I simply dropped to my knees next to her and held her hand, trying to get some warmth into that deathly cold body.’
    • ‘Every time she spoke, her voice sounded so loud against the deathly hush.’
    • ‘He placed a deathly cold hand over her mouth, keeping her from crying out.’
    • ‘Cautiously, he rolled her over to find her face pale, deathly white.’
    • ‘I was deathly cold and must have looked exceptionally pale in the dark room.’
    • ‘Then he felt his body go into shock, as a deathly cold hand clamped to his neck.’
    • ‘A kind of deathly, phony calm descends at moments like that.’
    • ‘Despite the newscaster's promise of sun, it was deathly cold in her room.’
    • ‘Suddenly the stadium falls into a deathly cold and the lights begin to flicker.’
    • ‘As an adult I've always kept firmly out of the sun and my skin has remained deathly pale as a result.’
    • ‘In fact it is deathly cold within the concrete grey triangular structure.’
    • ‘His eyes narrowed to slits and the air about them grew cold, and deathly still.’
    deathlike, corpse-like, cadaverous, ghostly, ghostlike, ghastly, grim, haggard
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    1. 1.1literary, archaic Relating to or causing death.
      ‘an eagle carrying a snake in its deathly grasp’
      • ‘True artistic integrity is stultified by the deathly embrace of marketing.’
      • ‘She dropped to the ground, sword unsheathed lying next to her waiting for the right moment to strike the deathly blow.’
      • ‘She spun around and gave him a glare so deathly that he turned pale and blacked out.’
      • ‘Had my parents tried to pack me off for a week of physical activities I should have fixed them with a deathly stare and screamed for hours.’
      • ‘I was shattered to see how the disease had extended its deathly grip.’

Pronunciation

deathly

/ˈdeTHlē//ˈdɛθli/