Definition of "mortal" [mor•tal]

  • Liable or subject to death. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to humankind; human: the mortal limits of understanding. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or accompanying death: mortal throes. (adjective)
  • Causing death; fatal: a mortal wound. See Synonyms at fatal. (adjective)
  • Fighting or fought to the death; unrelenting: a mortal enemy; a mortal attack. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mortal" in a sentence
  • "Cum causal regularly takes the Subjunctive; as, -- quae cum īta sint, _since this is so_; cum sīs mortālis, quae mortālia sunt, cūrā, _since you are mortal, care for what is mortal_.a. Note the phrase cum praesertim (praesertim cum), _especially since; _ as, --"
  • "_All men are mortal, Socrates is a man, Therefore Socrates is mortal_."
  • "At best, matter is only a phenomenon of mortal mind, of which evil is the highest degree; but really there is no such thing as _mortal mind_, -- though we are compelled to use the phrase in the endeavor to express the underlying thought."