Definition of mortally in US English:



  • 1In such a manner as to cause death.

    ‘the gunner was mortally wounded’
    • ‘Hamilton, mortally wounded, was rowed to Greenwich Village, where he died the following day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another child was mortally wounded and two other teachers and several more children were badly injured.’
    • ‘Before he reached the quarter-deck ladder he was told Captain Cooke had been mortally wounded.’
    • ‘Some were mortally wounded, some received moderate injuries (such as burns, shot wounds and severed veins) and others were lightly injured.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he was mortally wounded and was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tail-gunner was mortally wounded, but the captain refused to bail out - swearing that the two of them would land the plane together.’
    • ‘Innocent people had been murdered, women and children 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.’
    • ‘The American commander, Captain James Lawrence, was mortally wounded and his ship surrendered to a British boarding party after a great loss of life.’
    • ‘The beast still lives; but it is mortally wounded.’
    • ‘A police source said that he found Smith mortally wounded in the kitchen and pulled the knife out of his chest.’
    • ‘It is clear he is mortally wounded but, true friend that he is, he manages to warn Pepe with his dying breath.’
    • ‘The ballistics report concluded that he was mortally wounded one-and-a-half metres from the jeep.’
    • ‘So many others in their division had fallen in the same manner, mortally wounded and left with only their pride and honor.’
    1. 1.1 Very intensely or seriously.
      ‘I expected him to be mortally offended’
      • ‘Apparently someone in the far corner of the room let out an audible yawn, and Father David was mortally offended.’
      • ‘He clung tighter to Alan, mortally afraid his friend and beloved would try and abandon him.’
      • ‘I never thought people would be mortally offended by the sounds I was making.’
      • ‘I was mortally offended by what you wrote about him in your last article.’
      • ‘I'm mortally afraid that my voice would come out all wobbly and broken, but surprisingly, it's calm enough.’
      • ‘Even the police themselves were mortally afraid of the Flying Squad.’
      • ‘But I keep my distance, too afraid, so mortally afraid, to do anything about it.’
      • ‘Kirsten had probably been mortally offended when Sunny had labelled her a cheerleader.’
      • ‘He attempted another smile, but the effort was in vain, suddenly he felt cold all over, and mortally afraid.’
      • ‘His repeated errors of judgement make him look suspiciously like he'll mortally offend other leaders by failing to do his homework.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’