adjective reminding you of death or of a dead body: Rachel felt deathly cold. | a deathly hush (=complete silence): A deathly hush fell over the room when the manager walked in. — deathly adverb

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  • Deathly — Death ly, adv. Deadly; as, deathly pale or sick. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deathly — [adj1] suggesting end of life appalling, cadaverous, corpselike, deathlike, defunctive, dreadful, gaunt, ghastly, grim, gruesome, haggard, horrible, macabre, pale, pallid, wan, wasted; concepts 579,618 Ant. animated, beginning, blooming,… …   New thesaurus

  • deathly — [deth′lē] adj. [ME dethlich < OE dēathlic: see DEATH] 1. causing death; deadly 2. like or characteristic of death adv. 1. in a deathlike way; to a deadly degree 2. extremely [deathly ill] …   English World dictionary

  • Deathly — Death ly, a. Deadly; fatal; mortal; destructive. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deathly — index deadly, fatal, lethal, malignant, pernicious, pestilent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • deathly — O.E. deaþlic mortal (see DEATH (Cf. death)). Meaning deadly is from late 12c.; that of death like is from 1560s …   Etymology dictionary

  • deathly — *deadly Analogous words: *ghastly, macabre, gruesome, grisly Antonyms: lifelike …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deathly — ► ADJECTIVE (deathlier, deathliest) ▪ resembling or suggestive of death …   English terms dictionary

  • deathly — [[t]de̱θli[/t]] 1) ADV: ADV adj (emphasis) If you say that someone is deathly pale or deathly still, you are emphasizing that they are very pale or still, like a dead person. [LITERARY] Bernadette turned deathly pale... She lay deathly still. 2)… …   English dictionary

  • deathly — death|ly1 [ deθli ] adjective making you think of death or a dead person: a deathly silence/hush deathly death|ly 2 [ deθli ] adverb in a way that makes you think of death or a dead person: deathly silent/still deathly pale/white Her hand was… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • deathly — 1. adjective a) Appearing as though dead, or on the verge of death. He has a deathly pallor. b) fatal, causing death He has a deathly fear of crocodiles. 2. adverb …   Wiktionary

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