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

  • adv. In the form of a circle or sphere.
  • adv. With full force or vigor; thoroughly: applauded roundly; was roundly criticized.

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  • adv. circularly
  • adv. utterly or thoroughly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a round form or manner.
  • adv. Openly; boldly; peremptorily; plumply.
  • adv. Briskly; with speed.
  • adv. Completely; vigorously; in earnest.
  • adv. Without regard to detail; in gross; comprehensively; generally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a round form.
  • In a round or positive manner; frankly, bluntly, vigorously, earnestly, energetically, or the like. See round, adjective, 9.
  • In round numbers; without formal exactness; approximately.
  • Briskly; hastily; quickly.

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

  • adv. in a round manner
  • adv. in a blunt direct manner


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round +‎ -ly


  • "La chanson du départ" is a frequent demand; and the chorus of spectators chimes in roundly.

    Fighting France

  • She uttered each word roundly and fully as if she were pondering the next move over a chequer-board.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

  • To call her roundly the loveliest creature I have ever set eyes on, or am like to, is (you will say) no description, though it may argue me in love with her.

    Lady Good-for-Nothing

  • Many of the narratives can only tend to excite ideas the worst calculated for a female breast; every thing is called roundly and plainly by its own name, and the annals of a brothel would scarcely furnish a greater choice of indecent expressions.

    Romance Readers and Romance Writers: a Satirical Novel

  • Reporter Jose Antonio Vargas lapped up MoveOn's claims that it's much more powerful and effective than the National Rifle Association, employed euphemisms to mask that MoveOn opposed any "violence" in response to the 9 / 11 attacks, and waited 18 long paragraphs to arrive at that "stumble" known as the roundly condemned "General Betray Us" ad. - Exposing Liberal Media Bias

  • The party said it "roundly" condemned the perpetrators and called on the Department of Safety and Security to step up its operations to secure arrests and convictions.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • With faux atonement, Mr Cameron admitted John Major had roundly deserved the boot in 1997 and warned that AV would have prevented the clean sweep of the Commons that the country had wanted.

    AV referendum: The Dave and Dr No show | Editorial

  • After shootaround on Friday, Bryant was asked again about Anthony getting roundly booed following his 35-point performance against Oklahoma City 48 hours earlier.

    Kobe Bryant Criticizes Nuggets Fans For Booing Melo

  • In as much as Apple's fourth quarter earnings roundly stunned analysts and investors this week, the consensus is that tech stocks have the front-running momentum to help guide markets to a recovery for equities.

    In 2011, All Eyes Are on the Tablet

  • It was named for a 19th-century Hungarian physician who was roundly vilified by his colleagues when he asserted that the often-fatal childbed fever could be wiped out if doctors washed their hands in a chlorine solution.

    The Panic Virus


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