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wholly Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
    all; whole; completely; altogether; entirely; totally.
    • he was wholly convinced
    • entirely satisfied with the meal
    • it was completely different from what we expected
    • was completely at fault
    • a totally new situation
    • the directions were all wrong
    • it was not altogether her fault
    • an altogether new approach
    • a whole new idea

Whol"ly adverb
  1. In a whole or complete manner; entirely; completely; perfectly.
    Nor wholly overcome, nor wholly yield. Dryden.
  2. To the exclusion of other things; totally; fully.
    They employed themselves wholly in domestic life. Addison.

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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