mortality

[ mawr-tal-i-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF mortality

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MORTALITY

Pass on, with your burden of mortality, And lay it in the tomb with jolly hearts.

Our provisions were very bad, and the mortality among us was great.

How altered and defaced by the putrifying touch of mortality!

The mortality among the officers and men has been in proportion.

The mortality might have been higher than it was but for Peter Blood.

If they knew they were bound they could throw off these besetments of mortality and walk in beauty.

The essence of mortality is change, and we shall be changed.

In the latter part of 1896 the mortality was as high as 58 per thousand.

The mortality rates were about the same for slaves as for whites.

This was not the proportion that there should have been if the mortality had been fortuitous.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "condition of being mortal," from Old French mortalite "massacre, slaughter; fatal illness; poverty; destruction" (12c.), from Latin mortalitem (nominative mortalitas) "state of being mortal; subjection to death," from mortalis (see mortal (adj.)). Meaning "widespread death" is from c.1400; meaning "number of deaths from some cause or in a given period" is from 1640s.

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