Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEADLIEST

After all, I was her only boy, and it was to war in its deadliest form that I was going.

In an Italian town he is always at work, and always thumping in the deadliest manner.

Look at the tastes and habits of our age—the deadliest enemies of true religion!

If the cloud were no bigger than a man's hand, it was charged with deadliest lightning.

Could settle the deadliest quarrel in the country by crooking his little finger.

A new menace to living organisms and this was the deadliest yet!

He knows the deadliest of all wearinesses—the weariness of the soul.

Jose, he is my deadliest enemy; he is your enemy, too, the enemy of our glorious country.

But it is in the tropical countries that their deadliest work is done.

For what else is fault-finding, intolerance and uncharitableness, but the deadliest poison?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English deadlic "mortal, subject to death," also "causing death;" see dead + -ly (1). Meaning "having the capacity to kill" is from late 14c. (Old English words for this included deaðbærlic, deaðberende).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.