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[oh-vurt-lee, oh-vurt-lee] /oʊˈvɜrt li, ˈoʊ vɜrt li/
openly; publicly.
Origin of overtly
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at overt, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Do you imagine that he is overtly opposed to the annexation?

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • This was the first time he had ever overtly spoken of the theatre in his mother's presence.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • He waved his hand, and this time quite definitely and overtly wafted a kiss in her direction.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • The Germans ate in a room by themselves, so that the obnoxious element was not present overtly at the general table d'hte.

  • It illustrates another side of Maupassant's pessimism—the overtly, but for the most part quietly, tragic.

Word Origin and History for overtly

early 14c., from overt + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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