- entirely; totally; altogether; quite.
- to the whole amount, extent, etc.
- so as to comprise or involve all.
Origin of wholly
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Examples from the Web for wholly
The precision it took to craft such a cohesive, wholly compelling work over 12 years is nothing short of remarkable.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
Sex, then, is not wholly experiential but at least partially transactional.Have Sperm, Will Travel: The ‘Natural Inseminators’ Helping Women Avoid the Sperm Bank
November 29, 2014
A group of New York chefs show The Daily Beast how to enliven, or wholly recast, holiday table staples.Thanksgiving Favorites, With a Twist
Sara Sayed, The Daily Beast Video
November 26, 2014
That is not to say the students who submit to the elitism and racism promoted by the USC Greek system are wholly sympathetic.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
Maya Richard Craven
November 17, 2014
Her borderline apologetic view is, frankly, a bit irksome, though not wholly unexpected based on Transmormon.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank
October 22, 2014
I got to trust you wholly in these matters, and I know I can do it, too.
Still she was a girl; and no girl could be wholly without importance on such a day.
Robert, though not a professional fisherman, was not wholly inexperienced.Brave and Bold
You, my dear, are happy—May you always be so—and then I can never be wholly miserable.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
One's attention was not called to it otherwise than as a wholly inevitable state.The Conquest of Fear
- completely, totally, or entirely
- without exception; exclusively
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Word Origin and History for wholly
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