Definition of mortally in English:



  • 1In such a manner as to cause death.

    ‘the gunner was mortally wounded’
    • ‘Much later, Tomlinson realized that the hotel had already been hit and that all the journalists were either fleeing their rooms or helping evacuate the mortally wounded reporters.’
    • ‘However, I witnessed the distressing sight of turtles, some mortally wounded, others recovering, their shells sliced open by propellers - the direct result of this stupidity.’
    • ‘A captain in the Green Howards' Regiment, Verity died on July 31, 1943, after being mortally wounded in action a few days earlier while leading his Company in Sicily.’
    • ‘The tail-gunner was mortally wounded, but the captain refused to bail out - swearing that the two of them would land the plane together.’
    • ‘Another child was mortally wounded and two other teachers and several more children were badly injured.’
    • ‘So many others in their division had fallen in the same manner, mortally wounded and left with only their pride and honor.’
    • ‘The American commander, Captain James Lawrence, was mortally wounded and his ship surrendered to a British boarding party after a great loss of life.’
    • ‘Hamilton, mortally wounded, was rowed to Greenwich Village, where he died the following day.’
    • ‘Innocent people had been murdered, women and children mortally wounded.’
    • ‘Before he reached the quarter-deck ladder he was told Captain Cooke had been mortally wounded.’
    • ‘But he was mortally wounded and was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.’
    • ‘A police source said that he found Smith mortally wounded in the kitchen and pulled the knife out of his chest.’
    • ‘In a moment, six lay dead on the burning dust; the seventh, who'd struggled against his bonds in the tumult, fell mortally wounded beside them.’
    • ‘Such texts are not interested in the story of a helicopter pilot who risks his life in a maneuver that saves his commanding officer, or in the officer who dies trying to rescue a mortally wounded comrade.’
    • ‘She was in pain; earlier on, she had overheard the constable talking to someone else on his walkie-talkie, about a mortally wounded person in dire need of treatment.’
    • ‘It is clear he is mortally wounded but, true friend that he is, he manages to warn Pepe with his dying breath.’
    • ‘Some were mortally wounded, some received moderate injuries (such as burns, shot wounds and severed veins) and others were lightly injured.’
    • ‘The ballistics report concluded that he was mortally wounded one-and-a-half metres from the jeep.’
    • ‘The beast still lives; but it is mortally wounded.’
    • ‘The cemetery was used by the British military from 1708 until 1835 and, despite its name, only two men mortally wounded at Trafalgar are buried here - the majority were buried at sea.’
    1. 1.1Very intensely or seriously.
      ‘I expected him to be mortally offended’
      • ‘I was mortally offended by what you wrote about him in your last article.’
      • ‘Apparently someone in the far corner of the room let out an audible yawn, and Father David was mortally offended.’
      • ‘But I keep my distance, too afraid, so mortally afraid, to do anything about it.’
      • ‘He attempted another smile, but the effort was in vain, suddenly he felt cold all over, and mortally afraid.’
      • ‘Even the police themselves were mortally afraid of the Flying Squad.’
      • ‘I never thought people would be mortally offended by the sounds I was making.’
      • ‘The bottom line: we have to change the rules to make companies deathly afraid of producing dishonest numbers, as we have to make accountants mortally afraid of certifying them.’
      • ‘His repeated errors of judgement make him look suspiciously like he'll mortally offend other leaders by failing to do his homework.’
      • ‘He clung tighter to Alan, mortally afraid his friend and beloved would try and abandon him.’
      • ‘Kirsten had probably been mortally offended when Sunny had labelled her a cheerleader.’
      • ‘Politicians seem to be mortally afraid of these characters who have taken charge of the programme, whatever government is in power.’
      • ‘It can't happen: something always goes wrong - and it's all the more likely if you have mortally offended one of your guests by snubbing his hairdressing skills.’
      • ‘I'm mortally afraid that my voice would come out all wobbly and broken, but surprisingly, it's calm enough.’