Definition of deathly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdeTHlē/

adjective (deathlier, deathliest)

1Resembling or suggestive of death: a deathly hush fell over the breakfast table [as submodifier]: she felt deathly cold
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  • The red eyes were bright and swollen from crying, and the white skin was deathly pale from the cold.
  • A kind of deathly, phony calm descends at moments like that.
  • Friday's encounters had been played out in front of banks of empty seats and a deathly hush.
1.1 archaic, literary Relating to or causing death: an eagle carrying a snake in its deathly grasp
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  • She spun around and gave him a glare so deathly that he turned pale and blacked out.
  • I was shattered to see how the disease had extended its deathly grip.
  • True artistic integrity is stultified by the deathly embrace of marketing.

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Syllabification: death·ly

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