November 14, 2015
If something is lethal, that means it can kill a person. This word is very similar to the adjective, "deadly."
- The man was carrying a lethal weapon. (He was carrying a deadly weapon.)
- If you take too much medicine, the result might be lethal.
- In states were the death penalty is legal, convicted murderers may receive lethal injection as a form of punishment.
- A lethal amount of alcohol consumed in a very short amount of time led to the death of the young woman.
- A bite from a scorpion could be lethal.
You might hear the word "lethal" when someone exaggerates an effect or a result:
- The cologne that guy is wearing is lethal.
- Randy claims that his hands are lethal weapons because of his expertise in karate.
- The woman's overpowering beauty and angelic singing voice had a lethal effect on the audience.
Note: This word uses an unvoiced "th" sound in the middle of it. If you have trouble with the pronunciation of this sound, click here.
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