Webster 1913 Edition



In a manner proceeding from, or determined by, fate.
In a manner resulting in death or ruin; mortally; destructively;
deceived or wounded

Webster 1828 Edition



By a decree of fate or destiny; by inevitable necessity or determination.
Mortally; destructively; in death or ruin. This encounter ended fatally. The prince was fatally deceived.

Definition 2022





fatally (comparative more fatally, superlative most fatally)

  1. In a fatal manner; lethally.
    • 1599: William Shakespeare, The Life of King Henry V
      Witness our too much memorable shame
      When Cressy battle fatally was struck,
      And all our princes captiv'd by the hand
      Of that black name, Edward, Black Prince of Wales;
    • 1918: H. B. Irving, A Book of Remarkable Criminals
      He told Peace that he did not believe his statement that he had fired the pistol merely to frighten the constable; had not Robinson guarded his head with his arm he would have been wounded fatally, and Peace condemned to death.
  2. Ultimately, with finality or irrevocability, moving towards the demise of something.
    • 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, in BBC:
      Chelsea will point to that victory margin as confirmation of their superiority - but Spurs will complain their hopes of turning the game around were damaged fatally by Atkinson's decision.
    • 1854: Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods
      "They pretend," as I hear, "that the verses of Kabir have four different senses; illusion, spirit, intellect, and the exoteric doctrine of the Vedas;" but in this part of the world it is considered a ground for complaint if a man's writings admit of more than one interpretation. While England endeavors to cure the potato-rot, will not any endeavor to cure the brain-rot, which prevails so much more widely and fatally?
  3. Fatedly; according to the dictates of fate or doom.
    • 1919: Booth Tarkington, The Flirt
      He was a slender young man in hot black clothes; he wore the unfacaded collar fatally and unanimously adopted by all adam's-apple men of morals; he was washed, fair, flat-skulled, clean-minded, and industrious; and the only noise of any kind he ever made in the world was on Sunday.