(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. lethal, fatal; malignant; informal, dull. See killing, disease, weariness.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Causing death]
Syn. fatal, lethal, murderous, mortal, deathly, poisonous, toxic, homicidal, bloody, noxious, destructive, venomous, deleterious, baleful, malignant, terminal, virulent, injurious, pestilential, pestiferous, death-dealing, carcinogenic, suicidal, bloodthirsty, cannibalistic, life-threatening, killing, baneful, pernicious, harmful, violent, inevitable; see also dangerous 2 , destructive 2 .
Ant. healthful*, reviving, beneficial.
2. [Very tiresome]
Syn. boring, tedious, tiresome; see dull 4 .
Syn.- deadly is applied to a thing that can and probably (but not inevitably) will cause death [ a deadly poison ] ; fatal implies the inevitability or actual occurrence of death or disaster [ a fatal disease, a fatal mistake ] ; mortal implies that death has occurred or is about to occur and is applied to the immediate cause of death [ he has received a mortal blow ] ; lethal is applied to that which in its nature or purpose is a cause of death [ a lethal weapon, a lethal dose ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
fatal, lethal, deathly, mortal, malignant, toxic, killing, dangerous, virulent, death-dealing, pernicious, baneful.
ANT.: harmless, benign, innocuous
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Causing or tending to cause death: deathly, fatal, lethal, mortal, vital. See LIVE. 2. Gruesomely suggestive of ghosts or death: cadaverous, deathlike, deathly, ghastly, ghostlike, ghostly, spectral. See LIVE. 3. Extremely destructive or harmful: baneful, malignant, noxious, pernicious, pestilent, pestilential, virulent. See HELP.

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