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honestly

[on-ist-lee] /ˈɒn ɪst li/
adverb
1.
in an honest manner.
2.
with honesty.
interjection
3.
(used to express mild exasperation, disbelief, dismay, etc.):
Honestly! I want to finish this work and you keep interrupting.
Origin of honestly
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English. See honest, -ly
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  • Say, honestly, I didn't know my own name till I had a chanst to look me over.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • honestly, I am glad to find you here at your work in your miner's clothes.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • honestly, now, I feel as if I was beginning life over again.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • All I intended by the first, I believe, I honestly told you at the time.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • In the meantime I say God-speed to every man who honestly teaches what he honestly believes.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for honestly

honestly

/ˈɒnɪstlɪ/
adverb
1.
in an honest manner
2.
(intensifier): I honestly don't believe it
interjection
3.
an expression of disgust, surprise, etc
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Word Origin and History for honestly
adv.

mid-14c., from honest + -ly (2). As an intensifier or exclamation, from 1898.

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