deathly

Something that's deathly reminds you of death. If you dress up as a ghost for Halloween, the makeup on your cheeks might turn your face a deathy shade of gray.

A spooky silence can be described as deathly silent, and an unhealthy skin color is often called a deathly pallor. When you shiver, your friend might take your hand and say, "You have a deathly chill." An older meaning of deathly, used especially in literature, was "causing death." The Old English root word is deaĆ¾lic, "mortal."

Definitions of deathly
1

adj having the physical appearance of death

“a deathly pallor”
Synonyms:
deathlike
dead
no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life

adj causing or capable of causing death

Synonyms:
deadly, mortal
fatal
bringing death

adv to a degree resembling death

“he was deathly pale”

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