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Princeton's WordNet

  1. openlyadverb

    in an open way

    "he openly flaunted his affection for his sister"


  1. openlyadverb

    in an open manner, visibly, not covertly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Openlyadverb

    Etymology: from open.

    Their actions always spoken of with great honour, are now called openly into question. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Prayers are faulty, not whensoever they be openly made, but when hypocrisy is the cause of open praying. Richard Hooker.

    Why should you have put me to deny
    This claim which now you wear so openly. William Shakespeare.

    I knew the time,
    Now full, that I no more should live obscure,
    But openly begin, as best becomes
    The authority which I deriv’d from heav’n. Par. Reg.

    How grosly and openly do many of us contradict the plain precepts of the gospel, by our ungodliness and worldly lusts. John Tillotson, Serm. 5.

    We express our thanks by openly owning our parentage, and paying our common devotions to God on this day’s solemnity. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Too openly does love and hatred show:
    A bounteous master, but a deadly foe. Dryden.

Editors Contribution

  1. openlyadverb

    In an open manner.

    They were discussing their lives openly at the table together and resolved so much by just looking into each others eyes and seeing the truth.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'openly' in Adverbs Frequency: #391

Anagrams for openly »

  1. poleyn

  2. onlepy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of openly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of openly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of openly in a Sentence

  1. Gary Harrington:

    Once in a while you meet someone, and soon you both discover the two of you are truly something special to each other... you share your thoughts and feelings so relaxed, so openly, and right away you know your friendship's truly meant to be.

  2. Colin Kaepernick:

    You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids 'super predators,' you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist, we have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn't make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?

  3. Karl Rove:

    I looked over to the left and I could see the cardinal of New York standing about 30 feet away with all the religious leadership in New York, they were waving little American flags and chanting and there were openly weeping.

  4. Executive Anand Sanwal:

    Folks started openly acknowledging that, Hey, if I can get the billion-dollar valuation, it attracts talent, it attracts partners.

  5. Matt McCoy:

    For me it's very hopeful because being the first openly gay elected official in Iowa was hard at the time that I came out, and it was lonely then and there wasn't a lot of support back then.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. eminent
    • B. tacky
    • C. ravening
    • D. omnifarious

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