mor|tal1 [ˈmo:tl US ˈmo:rtl] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin mortalis, from mors 'death']
1.) not able to live for ever
≠ ↑immortal
Her father's death reminded her that she was mortal.
2.) mortal blow/danger/wound etc
a) something very serious, that may cause the end of something
The computer has dealt a mortal blow to traditional printing methods.
Our health service is in mortal danger.
b) something that causes death or may cause death
Near the end of the battle, he received a mortal wound.
the screams of men in mortal combat (=fighting until one person kills the other)
3.) mortal enemy/foe
an enemy that you hate very much and will always hate
He glared at Claudia as if she were his mortal enemy.
4.) mortal fear/dread/terror
extreme fear
She lives in mortal fear of her husband's anger.
5.) sb's mortal remains
formal someone's body, after they have died
the churchyard where his mortal remains lie (=where his body is buried)
6.) literary human - used especially when comparing humans with gods, ↑spirits etc
Both gods and mortal men found her captivating.
7.) mortal coil
literary life or the state of being alive
when Hubbard shuffled off this mortal coil (=died)
mortal 2
mortal2 n
1.) lesser/ordinary/mere mortals
ordinary people, as compared with people who are more important, more powerful, or more skilled - used humorously
She dines in the executive suite, while we lesser mortals use the staff cafeteria.
2.) literary a human - used especially when comparing humans with gods, ↑spirits etc

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