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  • adv. In a lovely way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In manner to excite love; amiably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a lovely manner; amiably; in a manner to excite love.


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  • Would not the tale, however lovelily begun, sink once to the level of the Burlesque--of all forms of literature the least worthy?

    George Macdonald on Sub-creation

  • And then tiring of pursuit and flight, lovelily they came descending, delicately declining, dropped down and sat silent on the tree, on the wall, with their bright eyes glancing, and their heads turned this way, that way; aware, awake; intensely conscious of one thing, one object in particular.

    The Waves

  • She is completely loving, completely lovelily loving.

    Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein With Two Shorter Stories

  • For after all it concerns the child; and is it quite an accident that, weaning him away from lovely things that so lovelily call themselves 'love,' 'home,' 'mother,' we can find no more alluring titles for the streets into which we entrap him than 'Educational

    On The Art of Reading

  • Then in the evening Rex went downstairs and played "Christians, awake" lovelily with all kinds of stops and different effects, and I sat upstairs by the dumbstove, and was not entirely in Canada, as you may fancy!

    Leaves from Juliana Horatia Ewing's "Canada Home"

  • So the drawing-room looked lovelily, and a fine rose-odor was diffused.

    Memories of Hawthorne

  • And in these days Annie had at length finished her fair copy of Hector's last book, writing it out in her own lovelily legible hand -- not such as ladies in general count legible, because they can easily read it themselves; she could do better than that, she could write so that others could not fail to read.

    Far Above Rubies

  • The turf was dry, the air was still, and although the woods were very silent, and looked mournfully bare, the grass drew nearer to the roots of the trees, and the sunshine filled them with streaks of gold, blending lovelily with the bright green of the moss that patched the older stems.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate

  • To cherish the ideal of a man with whom to walk on her way through the world, is as right for a woman as it was for God to make them male and female; and to the wise virgin it will ever be a solemn thought, lovelily dwelt upon, and never mockingly, when most playfully handled.

    Weighed and Wanting

  • Exquisite as they were however, they had not for the boy half the interest of a faded old fire-screen, lovelily worked in silks, by hands to him unknown, long ago returned to the earth of which they were fashioned.

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock


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