What is the difference between mortal and death?

mortal | death |

As nouns the difference between mortal and death

is that mortal is a human; someone susceptible to death while death is the cessation of life and all associated processes; the end of an organism's existence as an entity independent from its environment and its return to an inert, nonliving state.

As an adjective mortal

is susceptible to death by aging, sickness, injury, or wound; not immortal.

As a proper noun Death is

the personification of death, often a skeleton with a scythe, and one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • Susceptible to death by aging, sickness, injury, or wound; not immortal.
  • * 1883 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), :
  • I was in mortal fear lest the captain should repent of his confessions and make an end of me.
  • Causing death; deadly, fatal, killing, lethal (now only of wounds, injuries etc.).
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.11:
  • Blyndfold he was; and in his cruell fist / A mortall bow and arrowes keene did hold […].
  • Fatally vulnerable; vital.
  • * Milton
  • Last of all, against himself he turns his sword, but missing the mortal place, with his poniard finishes the work.
  • Of or relating to the time of death.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Safe in the hand of one disposing Power, / Or in the natal or the mortal hour.
  • Affecting as if with power to kill; deathly.
  • * Dryden
  • The nymph grew pale, and in a mortal fright.
  • * mortal enemy
  • Human; belonging to man, who is mortal.
  • mortal''' wit or knowledge; '''mortal power
  • * Milton
  • The voice of God / To mortal ear is dreadful.
  • Very painful or tedious; wearisome.
  • a sermon lasting two mortal hours
    (Sir Walter Scott)
  • (UK, slang) Very drunk; wasted; smashed.
  • Let's go out and get mortal !

    Derived terms

    * mortality * mortal sin


    * (causing death) fatal, lethal, baneful


    * (susceptible to death) immortal, everlasting * (of or relating to death) natal


    (en noun)
  • A human; someone susceptible to death.
  • :
  • *1596 , (William Shakespeare), (w, A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • *:Lord what fools these mortals be!
  • *
  • *:But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window.
  • Antonyms

    * immortal



    (wikipedia death)

    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • The cessation of life and all associated processes; the end of an organism's existence as an entity independent from its environment and its return to an inert, nonliving state.
  • :
  • *
  • *:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too..
  • *1900 , , (The House Behind the Cedars) , Ch.I:
  • *:"‘Death ,’" quoted Warwick, with whose mood the undertaker's remarks were in tune, "‘is the penalty that all must pay for the crime of living.’"
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Philip J. Bushnell
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance , passage=Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.}}
  • The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.
  • :
  • (lb) The collapse or end of something.
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  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * accidental death * angel of death * at death's door * Black Death * brain death * cause of death * cell death * civil death * clinical death * cot death * dance of death * dead * deadly * death adder * death angel * death bell * death benefit * death by burning * death by fire * death camas * death camp * death cap * death certificate * death chair * death chamber * death cross * death cup * death drive * death duty * death growl * death house * death instinct * death knell * death march * death mask * death metal * death penalty * death phase * death put * death rate * death rattle * death ray * death roll * death row * death seat * death sentence * death spiral * death squad * death stick * death tax * death to * death toll * Death Valley * death warrant * death wish * death's-head * deathbird * deathblow * deathful * deathless * deathlike * deathly * deathmatch * deathsman * deathward * deathwatch * deathy * fan death * heat death * human death * infant death * instadeath * kiss of death * life-and-death * life-or-death * like death warmed over * living death * megadeath * near-death * put to death * screen death * sentence to death * sudden death * sudden infant death syndrome * valley of death * violent death * voodoo death * wrongful death (lookfrom)

    See also

    * afterlife * die * the big one * the big sleep * cemetery * early grave * funeral * graveyard * morgue * mortal * mortician * mortuary * obituary * tombstone * cremation




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