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seriously

[seer-ee-uh s-lee] /ˈsɪər i əs li/
adverb
1.
in a serious manner:
He shook his head seriously.
2.
to an alarmingly grave extent:
seriously ill.
3.
with genuine, earnest intent; sincerely:
Seriously, kids, we have to get home before dark.
Origin of seriously
1500-1510
1500-10; serious + -ly
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  • The care of her two children, to whom she was devoted, occupied her seriously.

  • Even in antiquity the wiseacres took our royal buffoon too seriously.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • He is convinced that, but for the ceremony, he would have been seriously injured.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Demarest was seriously disturbed by the situation that had developed.

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  • Do you know whether he is seriously ill; has the doctor been there?

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British Dictionary definitions for seriously

seriously

/ˈsɪərɪəslɪ/
adverb
1.
in a serious manner or to a serious degree
2.
(informal) extremely or remarkably: seriously tall
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Word Origin and History for seriously
adv.

c.1500, from serious + -ly (2). To take (something) seriously is from 1782.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for seriously

seriously

adverb

Very; extremely (1981+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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