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

  • adv. Usage Problem Thus.

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  • adv. thus (in this way).

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  • adv. in the way indicated


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thus +‎ -ly, dating from the 19th century, seemingly coined by educated writers to make fun of uneducated persons trying to sound genteel, with a false inference that thus is not an adverb.


  • At the time, I explained the title thusly to the lovely, brilliant, insanely (and usually inappropriately) funny savoytruffle:


  • I would very much appreciate if you spell my name thusly: T A T Y A N A.

    Well, at least Helen Thomas…

  • “Only one among our number has ever had the facility to map time,” said Chaucer, “and I know it pains you, Bert, to hear him referred to thusly, but it was our renegade, John Dee.”

    The Dragon’s Apprentice

  • And, I'm sorry, Elizabeth, so much crankiness in one afternoon is, indeed, unfortunate, but thusly is a terrible word.

    Oh, Grow Up Pt. 3

  • Ms. Wohl explained the book’s title thusly: “You’ve heard that we only use 5 percent of our brain?”

    Wohl Goes Woo-Woo! Socialite Denise, Mother of Arden, Shills ���Spiritual��� Comic Book

  • ABC explains Ms. Ferrell's Observer-coined nickname thusly: she is known as the Hipster Grifter "because of her appearance," and "because of accusations that she wrote bad checks and shoplifted her way through Salt Lake City."

    Hipster Grifter on Hipster Grifter: 'Charming and Funny'

  • The Propaganda Critic website describes name-calling thusly:

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • The Collins Essential English Dictionary defines that term thusly: "the social class between the working and upper classes.


  • I believe in the Socratic Ideal, which I will paraphrase thusly: "I question everything, I seek the truth, and I let the political chips fall where they may." - Financial News

  • And what should pop-up but a Canadian Press Story titled thusly:

    The Gazetteer


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  • I think it serves a purpose in that it can be used to effect a self-effacing, farcical pomposity. But also when used in seriousness it is a useful bellwether...or shibboleth? Litmus test?.....a thing, anyhow, for discerning wordsmiths from people who think they are better with the language than they are. (Along with irregardless, ekcetra, verbage and so on...& now I'm off to look at all the 'hate' lists)

    December 31, 2012

  • You can start your own hate list. Many users have them. Or a vexed list, should you decide to bless poor thusly with some tolerance.

    December 31, 2012

  • We can love a word on wordnik, but we can't despise one? Seems unfair, and this one seems surely to be a prime candidate. Pedantic or not, I simply can't see any good reason to add 'ly' to what is already a perfectly good english adverb. Some changes in the language are good; some changes are not, and I will resist them to the bitter end.

    December 31, 2012

  • Errant pedantry!

    July 18, 2008

  • I love how Alton Brown says "thusly" all the time. He's such a nerd. A lovable nerd.

    May 27, 2008

  • confound the haters! thusly lives forever henceforth!

    December 10, 2006