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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEADLY

The mosquito, quite ignored, would then have gone on in his deadly work.

A choice had been put before her in deadly earnest; she had refused to make one.

Robin's pale, blank face had a sick look, a deadly smoothness.

One of its most deadly weapons is fatigue, or the simulation of fatigue.

So, she went through the inferno of days and nights in a dreariness of suffering that was deadly.

So simple were the words of her inquiry, but under them beat something evil, deadly.

The young squire was deadly white from his exertions, both on the land and in the water.

The peril about him was growing—growing, and it was a deadly peril!

The thought of the gas office and its deadly round sickened him.

That is the precious document which this man thinks is deadly evidence.

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).

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