Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. explicitly; with emphasis; so as to make a point, especially with criticism
  • adv. wittily or pithily

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a pointed manner.
  • With direct assertion; with explicitness; with direct reference to a subject.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in such a manner as to make something clearly evident

Etymologies

pointed +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Note that the definition pointedly includes nonviolent actions name calling against a child.

    It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend

  • John Herbison: Constantin, I have said, in pointedly unsubtle language, that Clarence Thomas was unqualified to succeed Thurgood Marshall and that, when his confirmation was at risk, he played the race card in a particularly ugly manner.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Miguel Estrada Writes in Support of Elena Kagan’s Confirmation

  • Constantin, I have said, in pointedly unsubtle language, that Clarence Thomas was unqualified to succeed Thurgood Marshall and that, when his confirmation was at risk, he played the race card in a particularly ugly manner.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Miguel Estrada Writes in Support of Elena Kagan’s Confirmation

  • After that Colin pointedly abstained from allusion to the Ideal Wife and to Joan Gildea's Typewriting-Correspondent, as he had called her.

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • Instead, you’ve invested an incredible amount of time and effort in pointedly avoiding making an argument that could be responded to.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Pro-Palestinian “Peace Activists”

  • The RAC also called pointedly for a reduction in government interference in the scientific process.

    Rudman: Deus ex Machina on Torture

  • Eva softened her expression and pointedly asked, “Why are you marrying my nephew?”

    The Pastor’s Wife

  • Very interestingly, as you reported, Jeanne, a number of interviews -- the FBI using that word pointedly -- a number of interviews under way right now.

    CNN Transcript Oct 18, 2005

  • In the wake of the August riots - when gangs used text-messaging to deploy break-in artists to breach steel-shuttered shops - politicians now use the "G" word pointedly.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • * Otmar Issing, the first chief economist of the European Central Bank and a former student of classics, would later note that the Eurozone re-created one of the key features that kept the Roman Empire together.1 Jean-David Levitte, a French diplomat with whom I worked closely in the nineties and who subsequently served as ambassador to Washington, defined the essence of the European Project in terms pointedly intended to make clear how far ahead his region was from the rest of the world, and in particular North America: For the Europeans, building on the lessons of two world wars, sovereignty is in a sense shared.

    The Great Experiment

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