mere mortal

mere mortal

A human, and therefore capable of mistakes. The phrase emphasizes someone's humanity and fallibility. I have to make my expectations more realistic and realize that she's a mere mortal. Presidents are bound to make mistakes—they're mere mortals, just like the rest of us.
See also: mere, mortal
References in classic literature ?
For how can a man, with thrilling, and burning, and exaltation, recite the following and still be mere mortal earth, a bit of fugitive force, an evanescent form?
It is a fine, airy, silver wine, such as fairies may drink at their revels, unharmed of it; but when a mere mortal sips of it, it mounts straightway to his brain, to the undoing of his daylight common sense.
She had formerly been a mere mortal, but had been since raised to the rank of a marine goddess.
It seems almost beyond mere mortal perversity that I should have discovered, in what he had just said, a new opportunity of making myself personally disagreeable to him.
With what greater latitude, then, should we appraise the exact shade of mere mortal man, with his many passions and his miserable ingenuity in error, always dazzled by the base glitter of mixed motives, everlastingly betrayed by a short-sighted wisdom.
And if they have reserved it, as priests tell us, to themselves, it is because they hold it an enjoyment too precious for the possession of mere mortals.
Unfathomable to mere mortals is the lore of fiends.
NICOLE Kidman and Will Ferrell star in BEWITCHED (PG, 102mins), an amusing update of the classic comedy TV series about a mere mortal married to a witch.
Could it be that Bono is just a mere mortal after all and is starting to show his age?
MOORE must have sold his soul to the devil or something, coz this man can play guitar like no mere mortal should ever be able to play guitar.
And because Rita McKenzie is a mere mortal, she might need a little amplification, she might not be able to hold the ``I'' in ``I Got Rhythm'' quite as long, but she does a credible imitation of La Merman, affectionate enough to avoid satire.
Because when you're a mere mortal and you have to get on dirty buses and trains, or put the rubbish out on the way to work, they really don't stay white for long.
Intensity that cannot be contained by mere mortal pores.
I am only a mere mortal who smokes and have no human rights.
His supporters must be projecting his fictional hero image onto the real man who is now, through the magic of acting, a mere mortal politician exactly like all others.