What does Mortal mean?

Definitions for Mortal
ˈmɔr tlmor·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, souladjective

    a human being

    "there was too much for one person to do"

  2. mortaladjective

    subject to death

    "mortal beings"

  3. deadly, mortal(a)adjective

    involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death

    "the seven deadly sins"

  4. mortal(a)adjective

    unrelenting and deadly

    "mortal enemy"

  5. deadly, deathly, mortaladjective

    causing or capable of causing death

    "a fatal accident"; "a deadly enemy"; "mortal combat"; "a mortal illness"


  1. mortalnoun

    A human; someone susceptible to death.

  2. mortaladjective

    Susceptible to death by aging, sickness, injury, or wound

  3. mortaladjective

    deadly, lethal

    A mortal wound.

  4. Etymology: From mortalis, from mors; see it for more.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mortaladjective

    Etymology: mortalis, Lat. mortel, Fr.

    Nature does require
    Her times of preservation, which, perforce,
    I her frail son amongst my breth’ren mortal
    Must give my attendance to. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Cor. xv. 53.

    Heav’nly powers, where shall we find such love!
    Which of ye will be mortal to redeem
    Man’s mortal crime; and just, th’ unjust to save. John Milton.

    The day thou eat’st thereof, my sole command
    Transgrest, inevitably thou shalt die;
    From that day mortal: and this happy state
    Shalt lose. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. viii.

    Come all you spirits
    That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
    And fill me from the crown to th’ toe, top full
    Of cruelty. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The mortalest poisons practised by the West Indians, have some mixture of the blood, fat, or flesh of man. Francis Bacon.

    The fruit
    Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
    Brought death into the world, and all our woe. John Milton.

    Some circumstances have been great discouragers of trade, and others are absolutely mortal to it. William Temple.

    Hope not, base man! unquestion’d hence to go,
    For I am Palamon, thy mortal foe. Dryden.

    Safe in the hand of one disposing pow’r,
    Or in the natal, or the mortal hour. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

    They met me in the day of success; and I have learned by the perfected report, they have more in them than mortal knowledge. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath
    To time and mortal custom. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The voice of God
    To mortal ear is dreadful; They beseech,
    That Moses might report to them his will,
    And terror cease. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii.

    Success, the mark no mortal wit,
    Or surest hand can always hit. Samuel Butler.

    No one enjoyment but is liable to be lost by ten thousand accidents, out of all mortal power to prevent. Robert South, Serm.

    The birds were in a mortal apprehension of the beetles, till the sparrow reasoned them into understanding. Roger L'Estrange.

    The nymph grew pale and in a mortal fright,
    Spent with the labour of so long a flight;
    And now despairing, cast a mournful look
    Upon the streams. Dryden.

  2. Mortalnoun

    Warn poor mortals left behind. Thomas Tickell.

    I can behold no mortal now;
    For what’s an eye without a brow? Matthew Prior.


  1. mortal

    A general definition for mortal is a being or creature that is subject to death or capable of dying.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mortaladjective

    subject to death; destined to die; as, man is mortal

  2. Mortaladjective

    destructive to life; causing or occasioning death; terminating life; exposing to or deserving death; deadly; as, a mortal wound; a mortal sin

  3. Mortaladjective

    fatally vulnerable; vital

  4. Mortaladjective

    of or pertaining to the time of death

  5. Mortaladjective

    affecting as if with power to kill; deathly

  6. Mortaladjective

    human; belonging to man, who is mortal; as, mortal wit or knowledge; mortal power

  7. Mortaladjective

    very painful or tedious; wearisome; as, a sermon lasting two mortal hours

  8. Mortalnoun

    a being subject to death; a human being; man

  9. Etymology: [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. Mortal

    Mortal was a Christian industrial/dance band fronted by Jerome Fontamillas and Jyro Xhan. Both members went on to found the alternative rock group Fold Zandura, and for a time were members of both bands simultaneously. The band is known for its lyrical intelligence, incorporating advanced theology with what has been billed as "Industrial Praise and Worship." According to CCM Magazine "Mortal has had a much greater influence... on industrial music than its modest output would suggest."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mortal

    mor′tal, adj. liable to die: causing death: deadly: fatal: punishable with death: involving the penalty of spiritual death, as opposed to Venial: extreme, violent, implacable: human: (coll.) very great, very long, confounded, very drunk.—n. a human being.—v.t. Mor′talise, to make mortal.—n. Mortal′ity, condition of being mortal: death: frequency or number of deaths, esp. in proportion to population: the human race.—adv. Mor′tally—(coll.) Mor′tal.—ns. Mort′-cloth, a pall; Mort′-stone, a stone by the wayside on which the bearers lay the bier for a rest during a funeral procession.—Bills of mortality, lists of the numbers of those who have died in any place during any given time; Law of mortality, rules founded on experience or calculation, showing what average proportion of those living at the beginning of a given time will be surviving at its close. [Fr.,—L. mortalismori, to die.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mortal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mortal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Mortal in a Sentence

  1. Mary Baker Eddy:

    A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake. Life and Life's idea, Truth and Truth's idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.

  2. Marquis de Sade:

    For mortal men there is but one hell, and that is the folly and wickedness and spite of his fellows; but once his life is over, there's an end to it: his annihilation is final and entire, of him nothing survives.

  3. Ramayana:

    To bad as well as good, to all, A generous man compassion shows; On earth no mortal lives, he knows, Who does not oft through weakness fall.

  4. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations – Book Six:

    Because a thing is difficult for you, do not therefore suppose it to be beyond mortal power. On the contrary, if anything is possible and proper for man to do, assume that it must fall within your own capacity.

  5. Kathryne Bomberger:

    It was absolutely impossible to identify these mortal remains through any other means.

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