Definitions for wholly
ˈhoʊ li, ˈhoʊl liwhol·ly
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word wholly.
wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, wholeadverb
to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
"he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "it was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; "a whole new idea"
completely and entirely; to the fullest extent
exclusively and solely
Etymology: From the word holliche. See also whole and -ly.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from whole.
The thrust was so strong, that he could not so wholly beat it away, but that it met with his thigh, through which it ran. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
Nor wholly lost we so deserv’d a prey;
For storms repenting part of it restor’d. Dryden.
Thus equal deaths are dealt with equal chance;
By turns they quit their ground, by turns advance:
Victors, and vanquish’d in the various field,
Nor wholly overcome, nor wholly yield. Dryden.
This story was written before Boccace; but its author being wholly lost, Geoffrey Chaucer is now become an original. Dryden.
They employ’d themselves wholly in domestick life; and provided a woman could keep her house in order, she never troubled herself about regulating the commonwealth. Addison.
Metals are wholly subterrany. Francis Bacon.
Wholly refers to something that is completely or entirely done, to the full extent, exclusively, or fully. It involves considering all parts or aspects of something without any exclusion. It can be used to highlight the all-inclusive, all-encompassing, or undivided nature of an action or state.
in a whole or complete manner; entirely; completely; perfectly
to the exclusion of other things; totally; fully
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wholly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4049
Rank popularity for the word 'wholly' in Adverbs Frequency: #279
The numerical value of wholly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of wholly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Resolving these issues is an important part of our plan for Barclays and, although it may be difficult, I expect that we will make significant progress in this area in 2015, i regard the behaviour at the centre of these investigations as wholly incompatible with our values, and I share the frustration of colleagues and shareholders that matters like these continue to cast a shadow over our business.
I have come to the firm conclusion that the vast majority of the allegations made against the British military... including, without exception, all the most serious allegations, were wholly and entirely without merit or justification, very many of those baseless allegations were the product of deliberate and calculated lies on the part of those who made them.
You cannot play with the animal in you without becoming wholly animal, play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth, play with cruelty without losing your sensitivity of mind. He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn't reserve a patch for
The poor on the borderline of starvation live purposeful lives. To be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility.
I regard the behavior at the center of these investigations as wholly incompatible with our values, and I share the frustration of colleagues and shareholders that matters like these continue to cast a shadow over our business.
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