Mortality vs Mortal - What's the difference?

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Mortal is a related term of mortality.

Mortality is a derived term of mortal.

As nouns the difference between mortality and mortal

is that mortality is the condition of being susceptible to death while mortal is a human; someone susceptible to death.

As a adjective mortal is

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



  • The condition of being susceptible to death.
  • (demography) The death rate of a population.
  • Antonyms

    * immortality * eternality




    (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