deadly

  • 1 deadly — adj 1 Deadly, mortal, fatal, lethal mean causing or causative of death. Deadly may imply an extremely high degree of probability rather than a certainty of death; the term therefore applies to something with the capacity of or a marked… …

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  • 2 deadly — [ded′lē] adj. deadlier, deadliest [ME dedlich < OE deadlic: see DEAD & LY1] 1. causing death or likely to cause death [a deadly poison] 2. to the death; mortal or implacable [deadly combat, deadly enemies] …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 deadly — dead·ly adj dead·li·er, est: likely to cause or capable of causing death; also: dangerous (2) ◇ Deadly and dangerous are sometimes used interchangeably, esp. in connection with weapons or instruments. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …

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  • 4 Deadly — may refer to: Deadly (novel series), a children s book by Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings Deadly (TV series), an Australian children s television cartoon series Karla, a 2006 American motion picture originally titled Deadly Alan Deadly… …

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  • 5 deadly — dead ly, a. 1. Capable of causing death; mortal; fatal; destructive; certain or likely to cause death; as, a deadly blow or wound. [1913 Webster] 2. Aiming or willing to destroy; implacable; desperately hostile; flagitious; as, deadly enemies.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 deadly — dead ly, adv. 1. In a manner resembling, or as if produced by, death; deathly. Deadly pale. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. In a manner to occasion death; mortally. [1913 Webster] The groanings of a deadly wounded man. Ezek. xxx. 24. [1913 Webster] 3. In …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 deadly — [adj1] causing end of life baleful, baneful, bloodthirsty, bloody, cannibalistic, carcinogenic, cruel, dangerous, death dealing, deathly, deleterious, destroying, destructive, fatal, grim, harmful, homicidal, injurious, internecine, killing,… …

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  • 8 deadly — ► ADJECTIVE (deadlier, deadliest) 1) causing or able to cause death. 2) (of a voice, glance, etc.) filled with hate. 3) extremely accurate or effective. 4) informal extremely boring. ► ADVERB 1) …

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  • 9 deadly — O.E. deadlic mortal, subject to death, also causing death; see DEAD (Cf. dead) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning having the capacity to kill is from late 14c. (O.E. words for this included deaðbærlic, deaðberende) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 deadly — I UK [ˈdedlɪ] / US adjective Word forms deadly : adjective deadly comparative deadlier superlative deadliest * 1) able or likely to kill people This is a potentially deadly disease. deadly to: Too many water changes can prove deadly to these… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 deadly — [[t]de̱dli[/t]] deadlier, deadliest 1) ADJ GRADED If something is deadly, it is likely or able to cause someone s death, or has already caused someone s death. He was acquitted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. ...a deadly disease… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 deadly — dead|ly1 [ˈdedli] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(very dangerous)¦ 2 deadly enemy 3¦(complete)¦ 4¦(very effective)¦ 5¦(like death)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(VERY DANGEROUS)¦ likely to cause death = ↑lethal ▪ a deadly poison ▪ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 deadly — dead|ly1 [ dedli ] adjective * 1. ) able or likely to kill people: This is a potentially deadly disease. a deadly weapon: The police charged him with possession of a deadly weapon. deadly to: Too many water changes can prove deadly to these… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 deadly — I. adjective (deadlier; est) Date: before 12th century 1. likely to cause or capable of producing death < deadly poison > 2. a. aiming to kill or destroy ; implacable < a deadly enemy > b. highly …

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  • 15 deadly — 1 adjective 1 VERY DANGEROUS likely to cause death: a deadly poison 2 deadly enemy someone who will always be your enemy and will try to harm you as much as possible: The inhabitants soon came to regard the white settlers as their deadly enemy. 3 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 deadly — adj. & adv. adj. (deadlier, deadliest) 1 a causing or able to cause fatal injury or serious damage. b poisonous (deadly snake). 2 intense, extreme (deadly dullness). 3 (of an aim etc.) extremely accurate or effective. 4 deathlike (deadly pale;… …

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  • 17 deadly — deadliness, n. /ded lee/, adj., deadlier, deadliest, adv. adj. 1. causing or tending to cause death; fatal; lethal: a deadly poison. 2. aiming to kill or destroy; implacable: a deadly enemy. 3. like death: a deadly pallor. 4. excruciatingly… …

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  • 18 deadly — 1. adjective 1) these drugs can be deadly Syn: fatal, lethal, mortal, death dealing, life threatening; dangerous, injurious, harmful, detrimental, deleterious, unhealthy; noxious, toxic, poisonous; literary deathly Ant …

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  • 19 deadly — /ˈdɛdli / (say dedlee) adjective (deadlier, deadliest) 1. causing or tending to cause death; fatal: a deadly poison. 2. aiming to kill or destroy; implacable: a deadly enemy. 3. involving spiritual death: a deadly sin. 4. like death: a deadly… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 deadly — [ˈdedli] adj I 1) capable of killing people This is a potentially deadly disease.[/ex] a deadly weapon[/ex] 2) complete Tom hit the target with deadly accuracy.[/ex] II adv deadly [ˈdedli] extremely Politics is a deadly serious business.[/ex] …

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