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  • adv. In a dreary manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Gloomily; dismally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a dreary manner; dismally; forlornly.

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

  • adv. in a cheerless manner


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  • Both VictoriaandQueensland bowed respectfully to the eponymous Queen-Empress, whilethe remainder were and remain drearily compass-driven, viz. the Northern Territory, South Australia, and Western Australia.

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  • It is a lurid piece of nonsense, convoluted, implausible, peopled by unconvincing characters, written in drearily pedestrian prose, frequently ridiculous and willfully bizarre.

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  • He said the word drearily, but not unkindly, and she did not resent his silence.

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  • The coachman cried out in the dimness to his horses like a bird, prolonging his call drearily, and then violently cracking his whip.

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  • I hear the young orioles calling drearily from wet nests under dripping boughs.


  • I wonder -- "drearily," I wonder how it will seem when I ain't got any pains, nor any tears, an 'when there ain't any more black nights to think about them in?

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  • Unfortunately for "Strappado" the similarity between the stories is not exactly flattering as where "each thing i show you is a piece of my death" is technically superb and emotionally complex, Barron's story is a flat, stylistically uninteresting and ultimately rather drearily misanthropic story in which a couple of smug and wealthy gay men get what they (apparently) deserve.

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  • What happens when a successful filmmaker produces a work whose drearily selfish, self-indulgent, and self-deluded characters elicit absolutely no sympathy from the audience?

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  • And sadly, if they are feeble, or if there are no available restorative elixirs, well, the days drearily will drag on and on.

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  • In the living room of their apartment, Ann tries in various ways to engage the inattentive Peter, who's buried in the textbook he's editing, in a talk about the drearily civilized state of their marriage.

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