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wholly

[hoh-lee, hohl-lee] /ˈhoʊ li, ˈhoʊl li/
adverb
1.
entirely; totally; altogether; quite.
2.
to the whole amount, extent, etc.
3.
so as to comprise or involve all.
Origin of wholly
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, wholly is from the Middle English word holliche. See whole, -ly
Can be confused
holey, holy, wholly.
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  • I got to trust you wholly in these matters, and I know I can do it, too.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Still she was a girl; and no girl could be wholly without importance on such a day.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Robert, though not a professional fisherman, was not wholly inexperienced.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • You, my dear, are happy—May you always be so—and then I can never be wholly miserable.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • One's attention was not called to it otherwise than as a wholly inevitable state.

British Dictionary definitions for wholly

wholly

/ˈhəʊllɪ/
adverb
1.
completely, totally, or entirely
2.
without exception; exclusively
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Word Origin and History for wholly
adv.

c.1300, probably from Old English *hallice; see whole + -ly (2).

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