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wholly

[hoh-lee, hohl-lee] /ˈhoʊ li, ˈhoʊl li/
adverb
1.
entirely; totally; altogether; quite.
2.
to the whole amount, extent, etc.
3.
so as to comprise or involve all.
Origin of wholly
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English holliche. See whole, -ly
Can be confused
holey, holy, wholly.
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  • “We came here with a feeling of contrition, yet not wholly ashamed,” he said.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • I got to trust you wholly in these matters, and I know I can do it, too.

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  • But my acquaintance with him is wholly of a public character.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
  • Still she was a girl; and no girl could be wholly without importance on such a day.

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  • That personage replied as if wholly to have done with the matter.

    The Outcry Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for wholly

wholly

/ˈhəʊllɪ/
adverb
1.
completely, totally, or entirely
2.
without exception; exclusively
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Word Origin and History for wholly
adv.

c.1300, probably from Old English *hallice; see whole + -ly (2).

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