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honestly

[on-ist-lee] /ˈɒn ɪst li/
adverb
1.
in an honest manner.
2.
with honesty.
interjection
3.
(used to express mild exasperation, disbelief, dismay, etc.):
Honestly! I want to finish this work and you keep interrupting.
Origin of honestly
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English. See honest, -ly
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  • If he honestly earns the money he should have it as an earning, not as a gratuity.

    The Itching Palm William R Scott
  • She could, however, honestly satisfy Abraham that she had not received baptism.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • My music was honestly come by, from both sides of the house.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • No matter how honestly money may be acquired, one is not free to spend it at will.

    The Price of a Soul William Jennings Bryan
  • honestly, I don't know; Altiera isn't the man to take an outsider into his confidence.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for honestly

honestly

/ˈɒnɪstlɪ/
adverb
1.
in an honest manner
2.
(intensifier): I honestly don't believe it
interjection
3.
an expression of disgust, surprise, etc
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Word Origin and History for honestly
adv.

mid-14c., from honest + -ly (2). As an intensifier or exclamation, from 1898.

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