adjective (deadlier, deadliest)
- 1Causing or able to cause death: a deadly weaponMore example sentences
- It is also important to remember that every driver on the highway is armed with a weapon more deadly and dangerous than any firearm: a motor vehicle.
- The 2003 death toll from the deadly virus was only one.
- In Doomsday Book the twenty-first century is stricken by yet another pandemic, almost as deadly as the Black Death was in the fourteenth.
- 1.1Filled with hate: his voice was cold and deadlyMore example sentences
- Their hate campaign is paying deadly dividends.
- An unearthly calm seemed to come over him then, and there was a feeling of deadly malice, of hate and violence radiating from him that made her flinch from his stare.
- Voice hated Azrael with a deadly passion.
- 1.2(Typically in the context of shooting or sports) extremely accurate, effective, or skillful: his aim is deadlyMore example sentences
- Practice this in front of a mirror until you can slightly part your lips and silently hit a target with deadly accuracy.
- Each strike and block was performed with flawless, deadly accuracy.
- Hinting at the timepiece's capacity for deadly accuracy, he adds: ‘It was twenty-four minutes past midnight.’
- 1.3 • informal Extremely boring: he’s well meaning, but so utterly deadlyMore example sentences
- Viewers today typically consider busts academic, boring, deadly; in a museum, they are what you walk past on the way to the Impressionists.
- As a result, cultural choice is increasingly restricted, and a bland sameness, deadly and soporific, threatens the cultural landscape.
- I barely even notice the battle anymore through the deadly monotony.
- 1.4 [attributive] Complete; total: she was in deadly earnestMore example sentences
- Morgan Freeman was now speaking in deadly earnest about Rainforests as the Lungs of Our Planet.
- Byron may have been playing at soldiers, but at the same time he was in deadly earnest.
- There are things of deadly earnest that can only be mentioned under the cover of a joke.
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- 1In a way resembling or suggesting death; as if dead: her skin was deadly paleMore example sentences
- All the while being deadly silent, since I live with my grandmother and her bedroom is right next to the bathroom.
- The party mood was gone and everyone was deadly quiet.
- His face was deadly white, a bloody bandage swathed his neck, and his rainproof was soaked with the blood of a sniper's victim.
- 1.1Extremely: a deadly serious remarkMore example sentences
- This joking remark caused Eisenhower to turn deadly serious.
- Elves are that way though, jolly one moment and deadly serious when the situation needs it.
- Heart failure is a deadly serious condition, but with good treatments people can double or triple their life expectancy.
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- The bomb was packed with shards of metal, nuts and bolts to increase its deadliness.
- By contrast, the deadliness of contaminants added to reservoirs or water sources would most likely be neutralized by dilution and standard water treatment.
- No one with any sense would place a trap of such deadliness so close to a populated area.