Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a thorough or complete manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a thorough manner; fully; entirely; completely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a thorough manner; unqualifiedly; fully; completely.

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

  • adv. in an exhaustive manner
  • adv. completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly')

Etymologies

thorough +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the precept of self-denial he takes notice, that by it Christ commands us, first, to be crucified to our own flesh and will; secondly, to spare ourselves in nothing; thirdly, not only to deny ourselves, but thoroughly to deny ourselves; by this little particle _thoroughly_, adding great force to his precept.

    The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints January, February, March

  • It is claimed by some writers, however, that it is not only correct to separate the infinitive from the verb, but that such construction adds force to the sentence; as, "A pure heart is necessary if we wish _to thoroughly enjoy_ the beauties of nature," in place of to _enjoy thoroughly_, etc.

    The Importance of the Proof-reader A Paper read before the Club of Odd Volumes, in Boston, by John Wilson

  • In the same chapter we are told "de quodam viro divite tenacissimo" -- of a very hard-fisted rich fellow -- a term thoroughly significant in civilised times.

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

  • I like that chap's style -- what I call thoroughly Venetian.

    Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, January 16, 1892

  • She speaks almost with rapture of a view which she calls thoroughly English, though never having been out of England she could hardly judge of its scenery by contrast.

    Criticisms and Interpretations. V. By Goldwin Smith

  • Georgia arranged for her cousin what she called a thoroughly consistent childhood.

    The Glory of the Conquered The Story of a Great Love

  • "That's what I call a thoroughly grammatical lady," said Sal, looking after her until a turn in the road hid her from view, "and I shall try to be resigned, though the vital spark leaves this house when Mary goes."

    The English Orphans

  • Sir Alex Ferguson, by his own admission, was on a soapbox at Carrington this morning after what he described as a thoroughly depressing week.

    The Guardian World News

  • Such are not generally people who have tried and failed; -- an honest failure very often brings a wholesome sense of incompetence; -- but they are generally persons who think that they have never had a chance of showing what is in them, speakers who have found their audiences unresponsive, writers who have been discouraged by finding their amateur efforts unsaleable, men who lament the unsuitability of their profession to their abilities, women who find themselves living in what they call a thoroughly unsympathetic circle.

    Where No Fear Was

  • A neighborhood I haven't explored thoroughly is the area around La Soledad.

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