• WordNet 3.6
    • adj deathly having the physical appearance of death "a deathly pallor"
    • adj deathly causing or capable of causing death "a fatal accident","a deadly enemy","mortal combat","a mortal illness"
    • adv deathly to a degree resembling death "he was deathly pale"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Death of a Deserter The Death of a Deserter
Death of Gustavus and his Page——290 Death of Gustavus and his Page——290
Death of Mazarin.——399 Death of Mazarin.——399
Death of Turenne——443 Death of Turenne——443
Death of Roland the Camisard——569 Death of Roland the Camisard——569
Death of Moliere——669 Death of Moliere——669
Hercules Wrestling with Death Hercules Wrestling with Death

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If a small amount of liquor were placed on a scorpion, it would instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
    • adv Deathly Deadly; as, deathly pale or sick.
    • a Deathly Deadly; fatal; mortal; destructive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1900 the average age at death in the US was 47.
    • deathly Like or characteristic of death; partaking of the nature or appearance of death: as, a deathly swoon; deathly pallor.
    • deathly Threatening death; fatal; mortal; deadly.
    • deathly Synonyms See deadly.
    • deathly So as to resemble a dead person, or death.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient times, any Japanese who tried to leave his homeland was put to death.
    • adjs Deathly deadly, destructive
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  • Paul De Man
    Paul De Man
    “Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.”
  • Thomas Mann
    “The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life.”
  • John Milton
    “Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
    “Death may be the King of terrors... but Jesus is the King of kings!”
  • Ovid
    “An evil life is a kind of death.”
  • Francis Picabia
    “Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death.”


At death's door - If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.
Cheat death - If someone cheats death, they narrowly avoid a major problem or accident.
Death of a thousand cuts - If something is suffering the death of a thousand cuts, or death by a thousand cuts, lots of small bad things are happening, none of which are fatal in themselves, but which add up to a slow and painful demise.
Death warmed up - (UK) If someone looks like death warmed up, they look very ill indeed. ('death warmed over' is the American form)
Dice with death - If you do something that is very dangerous, you are dicing with death.
Done to death - If a joke or story has been done to death, it has been told so often that it has stopped being funny.
Fate worse than death - Describing something as a fate worse than death is a fairly common way of implying that it is unpleasant.
Kiss of death - The kiss of death is an action that means failure or ruin for someone, a scheme, a plan, etc.
Matter of life and death - If something is a matter of life and death, it is extremely important.
Sick to death - If you are sick to death of something, you have been exposed to so much of it that you cannot take any more.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deáth; Ger. tod. See Dead and Die.


In literature:

And then there came across the child's mind awful thoughts of death and of the grave.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
It was this which produced the premature death of John the Baptist.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Twice five days he is speechless in his tent, and will not have any one denounced by his lips, or given up to death.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Death comes, like a friend, to relieve me from pain, And thy son, O Alknomook!
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
What other man has lived with power to withstand death, over whom death could not prevail except through his own submission?
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
That was the real death, the death of an inconceivable abandonment.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
And its Death is a strictly natural Death.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
In some cases the throat becomes gangrenous and the disease ends in death.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The "death-bird" has whispered the magic spell, and Death will obey the summons.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
When Death comes the host asks her (Death is feminine in Italian) to climb the tree and pick him a few figs.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
These views go back to the notion that she has been near death and has had the death fiend in her.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
He was afterwards found guilty, and sentenced to death.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
J. E. F. Massenet 449 Odysseus' Death .
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
It is this which is special to the death of Christ, and which separates it from all other deaths and heroic sacrifices.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St John, Vol. II" by Marcus Dods
By all these will I make life like a hideous dream, and death more fearful still.
"Comic Tragedies" by Louisa M. Alcott
We know that primitive nations usually make gods of their early kings and chieftains, and worship them after death.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
The same words made twice holy by the recollection of death past and the thought of death to come!
"The Golden Triangle" by Maurice Leblanc
You would tell her that to be hunted to death is a hare's happiness and pride.
"The Village Notary" by József Eötvös
I am condemned to death and to the most terrible death.
"The Secret of Sarek" by Maurice Leblanc
That shows how frightened he was at the death of his lady-love.
"The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

No sweet voice pleads with mamma
"Tell me a 'tory" now,
And only death can take away
The shadow on my brow.
"A Regret" by Madge Morris Wagner
O may Thy quickening voice
The death of sin remove;
And bid our inmost souls rejoice,
In hope of perfect love.
"Jesus, We Look To Thee" by Charles Wesley
'Tis freedom to the slave,
'Tis light and liberty;
It takes its terror from the grave,
From death its victory.
"Grace is the sweetest sound" by Thomas Kelly
From the winter's grey despair,
From the summer's golden languor,
Death, the lover of Life,
Frees us for ever.
"Ave, Caesar!" by William Ernest Henley
And now I think of only this,—
How I again may woo
The gentle sleep— who promises
That death is gentle too.
"The Promise of Sleep" by Amy Levy
Woe then to kings! to the pelf
That men call pride!
Christ shrive us all from self,
From the Death-sprite hide!
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

After increasing for more than a decade, to a record-setting 5,290 motorcycle deaths in 2008, motorcycle deaths dropped 16 percent* nationally and also dropped locally in 2009.
Dad Charged in '08 NY Death Years After Initial Accidental Death Ruling.
The death came just weeks after daughter Jessie Streich-Kest's death.
The parents of a University of South Alabama freshman who was shot to death by campus police sued the school and others Monday over his death, claiming the killing violated policies and never should have happened.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Marcus Wallace in the death of Consuella Wallace at her Pa.
Death certificates list how, why and where deaths occur.
Recently, we received an opportunity to have a quick Q&A with Danny Trejo, Hollywood icon and star in the next installment of the Death Race franchise, Death Race 3: Inferno.
Eight years after the death of Yasser Arafat , some Palestinians are still suspicious over the cause of his death.
Arrest made in Feb 1 Fort Myers shooting death: Dietrich Wilcox will be charged with second-degree murder in the Feb 1, 2012 shooting death of Travis Burton.
They argued that felony arson made the five deaths murder, which also made Fowler eligible for the death penalty.
His death is one of two that may lead to a wrongful death claim.
Normally, the death of sports celebrity from Pittsburgh, even a legendary one, would not be quite as personal here in West Virginia as is the death of Carroll Hoff Cook.
MORGANTOWN — Normally, the death of sports celebrity from Pittsburgh, even a legendary one, would not be quite as personal here in West Virginia as is the death of Carroll Hoff Cook.
The death of a sister of Osama bin Laden at Massachusetts General Hospital allowed the United States to confirm bin Laden's death, ABC News reported.
The death of a sister of Osama bin Laden at Massachusetts General Hospital allowed the United States to confirm bin Laden 's death, ABC News reported.

In science:

This third proof also applies to the third martingale representation in §3.6, which is based on constructing martingales for counting processes associated with the birth-and-death process {Q(t) : t ≥ 0} via its infinitesimal generator.
Martingale proofs of many-server heavy-traffic limits for Markovian queues
Limit theorems for random walks, birth and death processes and diffusion processes.
Martingale proofs of many-server heavy-traffic limits for Markovian queues
The second one (Xn , n ∈ N) is a birth and death process for all fixed α, with transition of probabilities given by Pα [Xn+1 = i + 1|Xn = i] = 1 − Pα [Xn+1 = i − 1|Xn = i] = αi .
Constants of concentration for a simple recurrent random walk on random environment
In establishing death this way, we are assuming as obvious that our capacity of restoring neuronal dynamics (our repairing capability) is limited in principle, even if we don’t yet know where this limitation comes from.
Quantum randomness can be controlled by free will -a consequence of the before-before experiment
Difference from sudden death of entanglement phenomenon is that our two qubits are coupled and start from an initially separable state.
Initial-state randomness as a universal source of decoherence
Without the inhomogeneous environment Y (t) would be a stationary, reversible birth and death process.
Fluctuation bounds for the asymmetric simple exclusion process
The high rotation rate at death probably leads to a much stronger explosion than previously expected, changing the fate of the models.
Effects of rotation on the evolution of primordial stars
For example, if the ratio of two mortalities is the parameter of interest, let ˆp be the observed ratio of mortalities (m1/m2, where m = total number of deaths/total followup time).
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
At each time when there is a death, assign the observation to treatment 1 with probability ˆp ∗ n1/( ˆp ∗ n1 + n2 ), where ni is the number of people at risk for treatment i.
Multi-center clinical trials: Randomization and ancillary statistics
Griffiths, 1999, Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (University of Chicago Press).
The transmission sense of information
The first model is built on the complete graph while the second is a birth-and-death dynamics.
Spectrum of large random reversible Markov chains: two examples
Key words and phrases. random matrices, reversible Markov chains, random walks, random environment, spectral gap, Wigner’s semi–circle law, arc–sine law, tridiagonal matrices, birth-and-death processes, spectral analysis, homogenization.
Spectrum of large random reversible Markov chains: two examples
Kawasaki random dynamics) acting on the whole ΛN and a birth and death process acting on Γ.
Lattice gas model in random medium and open boundaries: hydrodynamic and relaxation to the steady state
In order to avoid an event (e.g., death), a specific treatment can be given.
A martingale approach to continuous-time marginal structural models
This improvement will in itself typically postpone the time of death.
A martingale approach to continuous-time marginal structural models