deadly

[[t]de̱dli[/t]]
deadlier, deadliest
1) ADJ-GRADED If something is deadly, it is likely or able to cause someone's death, or has already caused someone's death.

He was acquitted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

...a deadly disease currently affecting dolphins...

Passive smoking can be deadly too...

The authorities are looking into last week's deadly gas explosions.

Syn:
lethal, fatal
2) ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a person or their behaviour as deadly, you mean that they will do or say anything to get what they want, without caring about other people.

His mother's voice was one he knew; ice cold and deadly...

The Duchess levelled a deadly look at Nikko.

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3) ADJ If you describe someone or something as deadly, you mean that you think they are very dull and boring. [INFORMAL]

She finds these parties deadly.

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4) ADV: ADV adj (emphasis) You can use deadly to emphasize that something has a particular quality, especially an unpleasant or undesirable quality.

Broadcast news was accurate and reliable but deadly dull...

The north wind was bitter and deadly cold...

The United States had been deadly serious in its threat of military action.

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5) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A deadly situation has unpleasant or dangerous consequences.

...the deadly combination of low expectations and low achievement...

It is here that most students fall into a subtle and deadly trap.

6) ADJ-GRADED Deadly enemies or rivals fight or compete with each other in a very aggressive way.

The two became deadly enemies...

That would make the competition between rival suppliers even deadlier.

7) ADJ-GRADED In sport, deadly players and actions are extremely skilful and successful. [JOURNALISM]

...the fastest and deadliest bowlers in world cricket today.


English dictionary. 2008.

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