Mortal foe
Mortal Mor"tal, a. [F. mortel, L. mortalis, from mors, mortis, death, fr. moriri 8die; akin to E. murder. See {Murder}, and cf. {Filemot}, {Mere} a lake, {Mortgage}.] 1. Subject to death; destined to die; as, man is mortal. [1913 Webster]

2. Destructive to life; causing or occasioning death; terminating life; exposing to or deserving death; deadly; as, a mortal wound; a mortal sin. [1913 Webster]

3. Fatally vulnerable; vital. [1913 Webster]

Last of all, against himself he turns his sword, but missing the mortal place, with his poniard finishes the work. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Of or pertaining to the time of death. [1913 Webster]

Safe in the hand of one disposing Power, Or in the natal or the mortal hour. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. Affecting as if with power to kill; deathly. [1913 Webster]

The nymph grew pale, and in a mortal fright. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

6. Human; belonging to man, who is mortal; as, mortal wit or knowledge; mortal power. [1913 Webster]

The voice of God To mortal ear is dreadful. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

7. Very painful or tedious; wearisome; as, a sermon lasting two mortal hours. [Colloq.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

{Mortal foe}, {Mortal enemy}, an inveterate, desperate, or implacable enemy; a foe bent on one's destruction. [1913 Webster]


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