An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (deadly)
a. mortal
The lethal blow was delivered with a statuette.El golpe mortal fue asestado con una estatuilla.
b. letal
A lethal substance was administered to the terminal patient with her consent.Se le administró una sustancia letal a la paciente terminal con su consentimiento.
c. mortífero
The security guards at the data center are armed with lethal weapons.Los guardias de seguridad en el centro de datos están armados con armas mortíferas.
2. (very dangerous)
a. nefasto
Be careful. The roads are lethal. They're covered in black ice.Ten cuidado. Las calles están nefastas. Están cubiertas de hielo negro.
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I'll drive. You're lethal behind the wheel.Yo manejo. Eres un peligro público manejando.
My mom won't let Timmy drive. She says he's lethal.Mi mamá no le deja manejar a Timmy. Dice que es un peligro al volante.
3. (potent)
a. fortísimo
Wow! That's a lethal margarita! Can I get one with less tequila?¡Guau! ¡Eso sí que es una margarita fortísima! ¿Me das una con menos tequila?
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. letal, mortal
2. (colloquial)
that vodka's lethal!¡ese vodka es fortísimo!
lethal dosedosis letal
lethal weaponarma mortífera
lethal [ˈliːθəl]
1 (deadly) [+weapon] mortífero; letal; [+blow] mortal; [+dose, injection, effects] mortal; letal; [+force] letal
the victim suffered a lethal blow to the head She took a lethal dose of sleeping pills A lethal dose for humans is just 3.5 milligrams of venom Lethal force must only be used as a last resort a lethal cocktail of drink and drugs a lethal combination
it is lethal to rats tiene un efecto mortal en las ratas
The chemical is lethal to rats but safe for cattle chemicals lethal to fish and aquatic mammals death by lethal injection
2 (very dangerous) [+opponent] muy peligroso; [+weather conditions] nefasto
the roads are lethal in these conditions las carreteras son nefastas en estas condiciones
...a wily and politically lethal opponent ...the most lethal striker in British football the company was dealt a lethal blow the company was finally dealt a lethal blow by rumours of a worldwide drop in coffee prices
this coffee is lethal (humorous) este café es un veneno (humorous); this schnapps is lethal (humorous) este aguardiente es mortal (humorous); his driving is lethal (humorous) es un peligro público al volante (humorous)
Spa 1rst read 5m Spa 2nd read 1m if its fuse was cut to a precise length, the shell would explode lethally in the air above its target flying shrapnel that ricocheted blindly, lethally, around the confined spaces
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