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1. A stroke or blow that causes death.
2. A destructive event or occurrence: dealt a deathblow to our hopes.


a thing or event that destroys life or hope, esp suddenly



1. a blow causing death.
2. anything that ends hope, expectation, or the like; death warrant.
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Noun1.deathblow - the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life


[ˈdɛθˌbləʊ] ncolpo di grazia
References in classic literature ?
Our hopes had received such a deathblow that the gradually increasing heat seemed to our distorted imaginations much greater than it really was.
That voice, although accentuated by menace, recalled to him another voice, which, that very morning, had dealt the deathblow to his mystery, by drawling, nasally, in the midst of the audience, "Charity, please
This will go a long way in dealing a deathblow to most of the loopholes in the sugar industry that the cartels are exploiting.
as a peace broker but created conditions of volatility and instability in the region and beyond,ae1/4Ci adding that ae1/4oeThe Administration's blind support of Israel and its complicit role in the military occupation have dealt a deathblow to the chances of peace.
The advent of quartz movements, which were much more precise, was nearly the deathblow for the mechanical chronograph, but the renaissance of mechanical horology in the late 1980s signaled its triumphant return.
Daniel Soyer, Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York 1880-1939 (1997, reprinted Detroit: Wayne State University, 2001), 120; Joseph Rappaport, Hands across the Sea: Jewish Immigrants and World War I (Lanham: Hamilton Books, 2005), 20-44; Jonathan Frankel, Prophecy and Politics: Socialism, Nationalism, and the Russian Jews 1861-1917 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1981), 134-37, 473-99, 509-12; Gil Ribak, "'A Victory of the Slavs Means a Deathblow to Democracy': The Onset of World War I and the Images of the Warring Sides among Jewish Immigrants in New York, 1914-1916," in War and Peace in Jewish Tradition: From the Ancient World to the Present, eds.
In any case, these sources do not support the conclusion that Peter's politics dealt a deathblow to popular veneration of the monarch.
A victory by Marine Le Pen, the leader of the hard right National Front, would have triggered the most profound era of social strife in France in decades and could have been the deathblow for the EU.
This would be a deathblow to New York, putting us at a horrible competitive disadvantage.
The revolving system would soon have its deathblow given it if clubs would refuse to allow a player to enter their nine who could not show a fair record--as regards honest dealing we mean--from the club he left.
Again, the criticism is a warning--nobody is safe from the Shaka's deathblow (Apter, 2007: 43-44).