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deathly

death·ly

deathly

 
pronunciation:
deth li
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb
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Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
inflections: deathlier, deathliest
definition 1: causing death; fatal; lethal.
He received a deathly blow to the head.
similar words:
deadly, killing, lethal
definition 2: of, relating to, or resembling death.
The announcement met with deathly silence.
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part of speech: adverb
definition 1: in the manner of death.
They stood deathly still, praying they would not be seen.
similar words:
deadly
definition 2: to an extreme degree; very.
He appears to be deathly averse to hard work.I'm deathly afraid of spiders.
derivation: deathliness (n.)