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[toht-l-ee] /ˈtoʊt l i/
wholly; entirely; completely.
Origin of totally
1500-10; total + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The next morning, when he went to look at them, they had totally disappeared.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • That he had been totally indifferent to her before argued nothing.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He claims that you have totally misunderstood the principles of the mugwumps all the way through.

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  • I was, comparatively speaking, totally indifferent to my right side.

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  • Haupt left the work in 1861, victim of intense political pressures and totally unjust accusations of corruption and mismanagement.

Word Origin and History for totally

c.1500, from total (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  1. Destroyed; wrecked completely: The totaled car made you wonder how they survived the wreck (1954+)
  2. Stuporous from narcotics, liquor, etc; stoned, wasted (1960s+)
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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