from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a manful manner; boldly; courageously.

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  • adverb In a manful manner; with the characteristics considered typical of a man, such as strength, courage, and determination.

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  • adverb in a manful manner; with qualities thought to befit a man


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  • He kept his word manfully, and was much comforted to find that his experience was an old story to the professor, who approved his plan, thinking wisely that the discipline would be good for him, and was very kind in offering help and promising to keep the secret of his folly from his friend Bhaer till Nat had redeemed himself.

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  • a moment his men wavered at their guns; but he called manfully to them, from where he lay, to fight on boldly for the honor of the

    The Naval History of the United States Volume 1 (of 2)

  • He called manfully to her to follow him and turned back, striding, with the club swinging in his hand, towards the squatting-place, as if he had never left the tribe; and she ceased her weeping and followed quickly as

    Tales of Space and Time

  • I for one am glad that even in the 1990's (to say nothing of today), Harvard Law had largely moved beyond the pure Socratic method (though I recall grimly my Civ Pro class with Arthur Miller), because I don't know how "manfully" I would have endured it.

    Pound on the Socratic Method

  • He actually was striding'though not exactly 'manfully'through the noontime crowd, heading for the subway and home.

    Spirits White As Lightning

  • Mr. C_., a large and very stout man, applied it 'manfully' on

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  • Mr. C_., a large and very stout man, applied it 'manfully' on

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  • The cowhide was accordingly produced, and the Rev.Mr. C., a large and very stout man, applied it 'manfully' on 'woman's' bare and 'shrinking flesh.'

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  • Then he manfully choked down four or five pieces -- when I say "manfully," it's because I've discovered that most men, if hungry enough, will eat just about anything you put in front of them.

    Running With Quills

  • "I say not that I am about to die, but only that methinks I shall never be able to wield sword manfully again.

    Both Sides the Border A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower


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