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au fond

[oh fawn] /oʊ ˈfɔ̃/
adverb, French.
1.
at bottom or to the bottom; thoroughly; in reality; fundamentally.
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  • She's not a bad little thing, au fond, when you get to know her.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • "au fond de la cour, troisieme a gauche," said the concierge.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • For, notwithstanding his careless manner, he was au fond a conventional soul.

    Who?

    Elizabeth Kent
  • Yet au fond Katherine did not really care even for the very very best.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Assis au fond d'un vieux fauteuil, large comme une gurite, il se leva pour recevoir son visiteur.

  • He expressed it as his intention to attack most vigorously (au fond), and asked for my best support, which I promised to give.

    1914

    John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • I think she is glad to go back to France, and "au fond" there are very few French women who care to live abroad altogether.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • Society is au fond republican, and is apt to resent autocracy, even the autocracy of genius, when it takes the form of monologue.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • Nous étions bien sur la banquette de cuir, au fond, dans ce coin tranquille.

    Histoires grises E. Edouard Tavernier
  • au fond, the typical Englishman likes best a joke that has a savour of the "practical" in it.

    England

    Frank Fox
British Dictionary definitions for au fond

au fond

/o fɔ̃/
adverb
1.
fundamentally; essentially
Word Origin
literally: at the bottom
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