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[ver-uh-lee] /ˈvɛr ə li/
in truth; really; indeed.
Origin of verily
1250-1300; Middle English; see very, -ly Unabridged
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  • By these perfidies, he has verily shewn himself to be unfit to rule a free people.
  • verily, many people would want to shun crowded places, and keeping a distance from one another appears to be the norm of living.
  • Therefore a priest is verily no longer a priest after deposition.
  • verily a public office is held on the implied condition that the officer will perform the duties belonging to it.
  • All he wants to do is get you on the lot, knowing good and well that it is verily unlikely you will qualify for their offer.
  • Each rigid container was then inspected to verily that the previously evacuated bags were still leak free.
British Dictionary definitions for verily


(sentence modifier) (archaic) in truth; truly: verily, thou art a man of God
Word Origin
C13: from very + -ly²
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Word Origin and History for verily

c.1300, from Middle English verray "true, real" (see very) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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