from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Very thorough; complete: thoroughgoing research.
- adj. Unmitigated; unqualified: a thoroughgoing villain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Complete; thorough; full; with great attention to detail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Going through, or to the end or bottom; very thorough; complete.
- adj. Going all lengths; extreme; thoroughplaced; -- less common in this sense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unqualified; out-and-out; thorough; complete.
- Synonyms See radical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. performed comprehensively and completely
- adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
Royce, influenced though he was by German Idealism as a whole, can hardly be called a thoroughgoing
-- we are to submit to the outward forms of respect, but we are frankly to say we are Republicans; he has the impudence to swear that England is a Republican country, and calls our thoroughgoing loyalty
-- we are to submit to the outward forms of respect, but we are frankly to say we are Republicans; he has the impudence to swear that England is a Republican country, and calls our thoroughgoing loyalty -- yours and mine, colonel -- disloyalty.
Ordinary happiness is part of it but should not be conflated with the kind of thoroughgoing happiness the pantheist thinks it is possible to attain now and again.
King and his show had some endearing and admirable qualities not least his dedication to long interviews, "thoroughgoing" he was not.
Rod, for one, expresses respectful doubts; he just doesn't see any kind of thoroughgoing populist rethinking as plausible in an America as diverse as ours is today.
Understandably Durgnat would have preferred that I thought his book profound, but it seems to me largely as I described it: "thoroughgoing" in its inventory and full of "grateful and pleasant words" ” though somewhat intellectually meandering, muddying the waters to make them appear deep, as in, especially, "the context of socio-political polemic."
The Hays Code was as thoroughgoing a restriction of expression as any system of censorship imposed in Germany and Italy.
PAN started as a fascist party, largely appealing to the provincial criollos, and Jose Vasconcelos -- who identified nationalism with conservative Spanish ideals -- was a thoroughgoing anti-Semite (he ended up as the editor of a pro-Nazi, German supported newspaper of little circulation).
This is the domain of the humanities and, whether we're discussing the headlines relevant to regulation of financial institutions, cloning, or the appropriate use of new social media, a thoroughgoing understanding of ethics is critical.