from The Century Dictionary.

  • With emulation, or desire of equaling or excelling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an emulous manner.

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  • adverb In an emulous manner; ambitiously or competitively.

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

  • adverb in a competitively imitative manner


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emulous +‎ -ly


  • Abbot, who saw them and their followers rush hastily and emulously to ascend the height without waiting till their men were placed in order. — “And you, gentlemen,” he continued, addressing

    The Abbot

  • Three minstrels emulously stepped forward with voice and harp.

    The Talisman

  • Half-a-dozen of busy hands, which were emulously employed in plundering the fallen knight, whose arms and accoutrements were of a magnificence befitting his quality, instantly forbore the occupation, and half the number of voices exculpated themselves, by laying the blame on the

    A Legend of Montrose

  • The inhabitants were all doing well, it seemed, and all emulously hoping to do better still, and laying out the surplus of their gains in coquetry; so that the shop fronts stood along that thoroughfare with an air of invitation, like rows of smiling saleswomen.

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  • His attendants were his mother, his wives, and some eunuchs, who assiduously employed themselves in filling capacious bowls of rock crystal, and emulously presenting them to him; but it frequently happened that his avidity exceeded their zeal, insomuch that he would prostrate himself upon the ground to lap up the water, of which he could never have enough.

    The History of the Caliph Vathek

  • Also they sang emulously in the clear morning air, swerving high over the elm tree, singing together as they chased each other, escaping, pursuing, pecking each other as they turned high in the air.

    The Waves

  • Of this class there are many branches; but the one with which I have to deal at present is to be studied to most advantage by visiting some pier of the great river-frontage of New York, to which excursion-boats rush emulously at appointed hours, crossing and jostling each other with proper respect for their individual rights as free commoners of the well-tilled waters.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • While these various honours and gifts were preparing for the hero, in his native country, foreign nations, not less sensible of his worth, and in some instances scarcely less benefitted by his exertions and valour, were emulously pouring, with a laudable profusion, their richest presents before him, and investing him with their most distinguished dignities.

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson, Volume 1

  • Campania [396], vows were made for his safe return; every person emulously testifying their care and concern for his safety.

    The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 04: Caligula

  • They vainly imagine that, after death, they shall survive in history, or in marbles, which shall leap emulously from their quarries to form such monuments of pride as you have just beheld; but they are miserably deceived; their existence ends at the instant they expire, and their fame, however deeply engraven on brass and marble, cannot have a longer duration than that of a brief moment when compared with eternity!

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 354, January 31, 1829


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