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au fond

[oh fawn] /oʊ ˈfɔ̃/
adverb, French.
1.
at bottom or to the bottom; thoroughly; in reality; fundamentally.
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  • She's not a bad little thing, au fond, when you get to know her.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • For, notwithstanding his careless manner, he was au fond a conventional soul.

    Who? Elizabeth Kent
  • Society is au fond republican, and is apt to resent autocracy, even the autocracy of genius, when it takes the form of monologue.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • Yet au fond Katherine did not really care even for the very very best.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • au fond, the typical Englishman likes best a joke that has a savour of the "practical" in it.

    England Frank Fox
  • Assis au fond d'un vieux fauteuil, large comme une gurite, il se leva pour recevoir son visiteur.

  • Once intimate with Leighton, he was ever found to be au fond English of the English.

  • He expressed it as his intention to attack most vigorously (au fond), and asked for my best support, which I promised to give.

    1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • "au fond de la cour, troisieme a gauche," said the concierge.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • It appears from the next paragraph, that the thermometer was "au fond du lac."

British Dictionary definitions for au fond

au fond

/o fɔ̃/
adverb
1.
fundamentally; essentially
Word Origin
literally: at the bottom
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