thorough

[thur-oh, thuhr-oh]
adjective
1.
executed without negligence or omissions: a thorough search.
2.
complete; perfect; utter: thorough enjoyment.
3.
extremely attentive to accuracy and detail; painstaking: a thorough worker; a thorough analysis.
4.
having full command or mastery of an art, talent, etc.: a thorough actress.
5.
extending or passing through.
adverb, preposition
6.
Archaic. through.
noun
7.
(initial capital letter) English History. the administrative policies of the Earl of Stafford and Archbishop Laud during the reign of Charles I: so called because they were uncompromisingly carried out.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English (preposition and adv.); Old English thuruh, variant of thurh through

thoroughly, adverb
thoroughness, noun
quasi-thorough, adjective
quasi-thoroughly, adverb
superthorough, adjective
superthoroughly, adverb
superthoroughness, noun
unthorough, adjective
unthoroughly, adverb
unthoroughness, noun


1. unqualified, total.


1. partial.
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thorough (ˈθʌrə)
 
adj
1.  carried out completely and carefully: a thorough search
2.  (prenominal) utter: a thorough bore
3.  painstakingly careful: my work is thorough
 
[Old English thurh; related to Old Frisian thruch, Old Saxon thuru, Old High German duruh; see through]
 
'thoroughly
 
adv
 
'thoroughness
 
n

Thorough (ˈθʌrə)
 
n
thoroughgoing policy, as adopted in England by Strafford and Laud during the reign of Charles I

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thorough
late 15c., adj. use of O.E. þuruh (adv.) "from end to end, from side to side," stressed variant of þurh (adv., prep.); see through. Related: thoroughly (c.1300).
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Example sentences
Conscientious, ethical journalists from all media and specialties strive to
  serve the public with thoroughness and honesty.
Begin to take more pride in the thoroughness of your work.
In every case, the ideal carefully avoided any appearance of thoroughness
  outside the domestic arts.
German thoroughness manifests itself in requiring that applicants have a
  training in administration.
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