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1Sufficient to cause death.‘a lethal cocktail of alcohol and pills’
- ‘The gas acts like mustard gas, and can prove lethal to those with respiratory problems.’
- ‘In sufficient quantities its spores can be lethal to humans.’
- ‘The avian flu strain lethal to humans has so far killed 42 people in Vietnam since late 2003.’
- ‘Although scorpion stings can be devastatingly painful, they are not usually lethal to humans.’
- ‘Grey squirrels have out-competed reds for food and also carry squirrel-pox virus which is lethal to the native animals.’
- ‘Without the respectability that lethal injection provides, capital punishment in the United States would probably cease.’
- ‘In the United States, critically injured racehorses are humanely euthanized by lethal injection.’
- ‘The offender appears to sleep peacefully before the lethal dose of poison is administered.’
- ‘Many dogs like the sweet smell and taste and, unfortunately, even very small amounts can be lethal to them.’
- ‘Every car is a potentially lethal weapon of mass destruction.’
- ‘In fact, oxidative stress may progress to such an extent that it becomes lethal.’
- ‘The first, a yeast, can be especially lethal to individuals with weakened immune systems.’
- ‘A deadly bird flu, lethal to some animals, is spreading towards Britain.’
- ‘Actually, the mutation has proved lethal in a protected environment as well.’
- ‘All four incidents involving the potentially lethal weapon happened within the space of an hour in Grimsby.’
- ‘Antibiotics are medicines that are lethal to bacteria that cause infections.’
- ‘Such a hostile chemical environment would likely prove lethal to all known microbes.’
- ‘The synthetically lethal combinations could not be analyzed because they did not grow under any conditions.’
- ‘Who's to say that a substance lethal to rats would necessarily have the same effect on humans?’
- ‘They're exposed every day to potentially lethal doses of anthrax.’
- 1.1 Harmful or destructive.‘the Krakatoa eruption was the most lethal on record’
fatal, deadly, mortal, causing death, death-dealing, life-threatening, murderous, homicidal, killing, terminal, final, incurableView synonyms
- ‘In our schools, too, we should emphasize that it will be lethal to take the earth for granted.’
- ‘Added to that is booze, which can make a lethal combination when added to football, causing fights and car accidents.’
- ‘Are you prepared to consume that lethal dose of sodium and fat?’
- ‘Friday was a bizarre affair, fuelled by a lethal combination of beer, wine, Jack Daniels and vodka.’
- ‘Add to that an unhealthy dose of shame at her previous level of comfort, and you had a lethal combination.’
- ‘The lethal combination of peak hour traffic and rain had resulted in chaos on the roads.’
- ‘That's a lethal combination when you're required to spend two hours with someone in a car.’
- ‘It's not just inactivity that makes excess TV-watching lethal to your waistline.’
- ‘Too much time and money, little purpose, and boredom are a lethal combination.’
- ‘Entire governments, never mind single ministers, have been toppled by that lethal combination.’
- ‘The cider and vodka combination is far too lethal for my poor liver so I ended up puking.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘causing spiritual death’): from Latin lethalis, from lethum, a variant (influenced by Greek lēthē ‘forgetfulness’), of letum ‘death’.
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