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

  • adv. In an inward manner; inwardly.
  • adv. With thorough knowledge or understanding.

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  • adj. Inward.
  • adv. Inwardly, within; internally; secretly.
  • adv. Heartily, completely, fully, thoroughly; extremely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Internal; interior; secret.
  • adv. Internally; within; in the heart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Internal; inward.
  • Internally; inwardly; within; secretly.
  • Heartily; fully; hence, extremely.


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Old English inlic (adj), inlice (adv).



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  • These shall the fury Passions tear,

    The vultures of the mind,

    Disdainful Anger, pallid Fear,

    And Shame that skulks behind;

    Or pining Love shall waste their youth,

    Or Jealousy with rankling tooth

    That inly gnaws the secret heart,

    And Envy wan, and faded Care,

    Grim-visaged comfortless Despair,

    And Sorrow's piercing dart.

    - T. Gray, 'Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College'.

    September 17, 2008

  • inwardly, fully, closely Old English

    January 3, 2008