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truly Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb in accordance with truth or fact or reality
    genuinely; really.
    • she was now truly American
    • a genuinely open society
    • they don't really listen to us
  2. adverb by right
    • baseball rightfully is the nation's pastime
  3. adverb with sincerity; without pretense
    sincerely; unfeignedly.
    • she praised him sincerely for his victory
    • was unfeignedly glad to see his old teacher
    • we are truly sorry for the inconvenience
  4. adverb in fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers)
    in truth; really.
    • in truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire
    • really, you shouldn't have done it
    • a truly awful book

Tru"ly adverb
From True.
  1. In a true manner; according to truth; in agreement with fact; as, to state things truly; the facts are truly represented.
    I can not truly say how I came here. Shak.
  2. Exactly; justly; precisely; accurately; as, to estimate truly the weight of evidence.
  3. Sincerely; honestly; really; faithfully; as, to be truly attached to a lover; the citizens are truly loyal to their prince or their country. Burke.
  4. Conformably to law; legally; legitimately.
    His innocent babe [is] truly begotten. Shak.
  5. In fact; in deed; in reality; in truth.
    Beauty is excelled by manly grace And wisdom, which alone is truly fair. Milton.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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