• WordNet 3.6
    • adj mortal causing or capable of causing death "a fatal accident","a deadly enemy","mortal combat","a mortal illness"
    • adj mortal unrelenting and deadly "mortal enemy"
    • adj mortal subject to death "mortal beings"
    • adj mortal involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death "the seven deadly sins"
    • n mortal a human being "there was too much for one person to do"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mortal A being subject to death; a human being; man. "Warn poor mortals left behind."
    • Mortal Affecting as if with power to kill; deathly. "The nymph grew pale, and in a mortal fright."
    • Mortal Destructive to life; causing or occasioning death; terminating life; exposing to or deserving death; deadly; as, a mortal wound; a mortal sin.
    • Mortal Fatally vulnerable; vital. "Last of all, against himself he turns his sword, but missing the mortal place, with his poniard finishes the work."
    • Mortal Human; belonging to man, who is mortal; as, mortal wit or knowledge; mortal power. "The voice of God
      To mortal ear is dreadful."
    • Mortal Of or pertaining to the time of death. "Safe in the hand of one disposing Power,
      Or in the natal or the mortal hour."
    • Mortal Subject to death; destined to die; as, man is mortal .
    • Mortal Very painful or tedious; wearisome; as, a sermon lasting two mortal hours.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mortal Subject to death; destined to die.
    • mortal Human; of or pertaining to man, who is subject to death: as, mortal knowledge; mortal power.
    • mortal Deadly; destructive to life; causing death, or that may or must cause death; fatal.
    • mortal Deadly; implacable; to the death; such as threatens life: as, mortal hatred.
    • mortal Such that injury or disease affecting it may cause death.
    • mortal Bringing death; noting the time of death.
    • mortal Incurring the penalty of spiritual death; inferring divine condemnation: opposed to venial: as, a mortal sin (see sin).
    • mortal Extreme; very great or serious: as, mortal offense.
    • mortal Long and uninterrupted; felt to be long and tedious.
    • mortal Euphemistically, confounded; cursed: as, not a mortal thing to eat.
    • mortal Drunk.
    • n mortal Man, as a being subject to death; a human being.
    • n mortal That which is mortal.
    • mortal Extremely; excessively; perfectly: as, mortal angry; mortal drunk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mortal mor′tal liable to die: causing death: deadly: fatal: punishable with death: involving the penalty of spiritual death, as opposed to Venial: extreme, violent, implacable: human:
    • n Mortal a human being
    • adj Mortal mor′tal (coll.) very great, very long, confounded, very drunk
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  • Horace
    “Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.”
  • Edward Young
    “All men think that all men are mortal but themselves.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    “Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.”
  • Edward Young
    “Much learning shows how little mortals know; much wealth, how little wordings enjoy.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “'Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mortel, L. mortalis, from mors, mortis, death, fr. moriri, 8die; akin to E. murder,. See Murder, and cf. Filemot Mere a lake, Mortgage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. mortalismori, to die.


In literature:

Have him bear more than mortal pain in silence?
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
Cast, then, away all fear, and know that Aphrodite disdains not to accept a mortal's plighted troth!
"The Tinted Venus" by F. Anstey
Nor are these sorrows all; What tongue of mortal man could all relate?
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
He took good care never to contradict a story which so much increased the power he was desirous of wielding over his fellow-mortals.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
There came thither the finest princess, the most beautiful ever seen with mortal eyes.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
They dressed in green, and took offense at any mortal who ventured to assume their favorite color.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Rose had a mortal longing for a rose-coloured hat, and Madame wouldn't let her have it.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He is, therefore, the son of the king of the Gods by a mortal mother.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Behold, no sooner is the word uttered by the mortal, than we have the divine response.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Death awaits both if mortal eye beholds us.
"Saronia" by Richard Short

In poetry:

Press onward—struggle ever,
Work with zeal!
Time waits on mortals never—
Life—life is real!
"Life’s Struggle" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
'Come, tell us, O tell us,
Thou strange mortality!
What's THY thought of us, Dear?--
Here's OUR thought of thee.'
"A Question" by Francis Thompson
And such a sight as she saw there
No mortal saw before,
And such a sight as she saw there
No mortal shall see more.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Our days, alas! our mortal days
Are short and wretched too;
"Evil and few," the patriarch says,
And well the patriarch knew.
"Hymn 39" by Isaac Watts
No spring was His—no fairy gleam -
For He by trial knew
How cold and bare what mortals dream,
To worlds where all is true.
"St. Philip And St. James" by John Keble
O bitter light, all-threatening stars,
O tired ghosts of men that sleep
After stern mortal wars
'Neath skies chill and steep.
"Stars" by John Freeman

In news:

Increased Mortality Following Telemonitoring in Frail Elderly Patients: Look Before You Leap.
Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature.
The landscape of Monterey County elicits a powerful reaction from us ordinary mortals.
Statistics show that blacks in Los Angeles County's High Desert have a higher mortality rate than those elsewhere in the county.
1 claim that exercising for 15 min per day results in a 14% reduced risk of all-cause mortality (0.86, 95% CI 0.81—0.91).
TORONTO – By all rights, David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen should be mortal enemies.
A student's mortal enemy .
Reduce infant- mortality rate .
Infant mortality rate s among cities with 5,000 or more live births.
Alabama in 2011 recorded its lowest infant mortality rate ever, welcome news to a state that has historically struggled with high infant death rates compared to the rest of the country.
Are smoking bans really helping in improving the "mortality rate of America".
This was the year Tiger Woods won the US Open, the British Open, the PGA and seven other tournaments with the ease of a golfing god, then graciously praised the efforts of his merely mortal opponents.
Fenton and colleagues1 find associations between higher patient experience scores and greater hospitalization rates, total expenditures, and mortality.
Some of Stang 's other movies included, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and as Arnold Schwarzenegger's mortal pal in Hercules in New York.
In ancient Egypt, when pharaohs wanted to record something for eternity and have it be known not only to mortals, but more importantly, to the gods, they wrote in stone.

In science:

However, in the present example the dependence of the Hopf bifurcation test function, Eq. (29) on αr disappears if density independent mortality and linear dependence of the predation rate on the predator population are assumed.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
The results of the numerical analysis (Fig. 4) show that the proportional loss of X due to intra-specific competition, δ , and to a lesser extent, the proportional predation mortality of X due to Y, βx , is strongly correlated with stability.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
Conversely, βy , the proportional mortality of Y due to extrinsic factors, shows a strong negative correlation with stability.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
Robins, J. M. (1986). A new approach to causal inference in mortality studies with sustained exposure periods—Application to control of the healthy worker survivor effect.
Identifying the consequences of dynamic treatment strategies: A decision-theoretic overview
Addendum to “A new approach to causal inference in mortality studies with sustained exposure periods—Application to control of the healthy worker survivor effect”.
Identifying the consequences of dynamic treatment strategies: A decision-theoretic overview