Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Very thorough; complete: thoroughgoing research.
  • adj. Unmitigated; unqualified: a thoroughgoing villain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Complete; thorough; full; with great attention to detail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Going through, or to the end or bottom; very thorough; complete.
  • adj. Going all lengths; extreme; thoroughplaced; -- less common in this sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unqualified; out-and-out; thorough; complete.
  • Synonyms See radical.

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

  • adj. performed comprehensively and completely
  • adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

Etymologies

From thorough- +‎ going. Compare thoroughgo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Royce, influenced though he was by German Idealism as a whole, can hardly be called a thoroughgoing

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • -- we are to submit to the outward forms of respect, but we are frankly to say we are Republicans; he has the impudence to swear that England is a Republican country, and calls our thoroughgoing loyalty

    Beauchamp's Career — Volume 4

  • -- we are to submit to the outward forms of respect, but we are frankly to say we are Republicans; he has the impudence to swear that England is a Republican country, and calls our thoroughgoing loyalty -- yours and mine, colonel -- disloyalty.

    Beauchamp's Career — Complete

  • Ordinary happiness is part of it but should not be conflated with the kind of thoroughgoing happiness the pantheist thinks it is possible to attain now and again.

    Pantheism

  • King and his show had some endearing and admirable qualities not least his dedication to long interviews, "thoroughgoing" he was not.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Rod, for one, expresses respectful doubts; he just doesn't see any kind of thoroughgoing populist rethinking as plausible in an America as diverse as ours is today.

    In Medias Res

  • Understandably Durgnat would have preferred that I thought his book profound, but it seems to me largely as I described it: "thoroughgoing" in its inventory and full of "grateful and pleasant words" ” though somewhat intellectually meandering, muddying the waters to make them appear deep, as in, especially, "the context of socio-political polemic."

    Renoir's Spell

  • The Hays Code was as thoroughgoing a restriction of expression as any system of censorship imposed in Germany and Italy.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • PAN started as a fascist party, largely appealing to the provincial criollos, and Jose Vasconcelos -- who identified nationalism with conservative Spanish ideals -- was a thoroughgoing anti-Semite (he ended up as the editor of a pro-Nazi, German supported newspaper of little circulation).

    Anti-semitism in Mexico

  • This is the domain of the humanities and, whether we're discussing the headlines relevant to regulation of financial institutions, cloning, or the appropriate use of new social media, a thoroughgoing understanding of ethics is critical.

    Cornell's Skorton: Don't cut humanities

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