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Words nearby mightily
What does mightily mean?
Mightily means with might—great strength or power. To do something mightily is to do it in a strong or powerful way.
Mightily is the adverb form of the adjective mighty, which means extremely strong (as in a mighty warrior) or powerful (as in a mighty king).
Sometimes, mighty is used as a very informal way of saying very or extremely, and mightily can be used in a similar way to mean very or very much, as in I’m mightily impressed. This use of mightily can sound a bit old-fashioned or folksy.
Example: He ruled mightily, and his empire extended to the ends of the earth.
Where does mightily come from?
The first records of the word mightily come from before the 900s. It comes from the Old English mihtiglīce. The suffix -ly is used to form adverbs (the y in mighty is changed to an i in mightily, which is a spelling convention used in other adverbs whose base adjectives end in y, such as happily).
In modern speech, mightily is often intended to sound like the kind of descriptions found in older writing, such as in the Bible. This is often done to emphasize such strength, power, or greatness.
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How is mightily used in real life?
Mightily can sound somewhat formal or old-fashioned—it’s more common to use terms like powerfully in everyday conversation.
Windows is like the huge dinosaurs that once ruled mightily over the earth, but then were supplanted by much smaller, nimbler creatures.
— Keith Bluestone (@KeithBluestone) March 18, 2015
One of the finest baseball photos ever. Babe Ruth swinging mightily at the Polo Grounds in 1920. pic.twitter.com/mNRiNKidqv
— Stirrups Now! (@uniformcritic) December 18, 2020
— the LOST agency PR (@thelostagencypr) February 2, 2019
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Example sentences from the Web for mightily
Owner Oy Changsila said the restaurant struggled mightily in 2015, its first year on Minnesota Avenue, losing nearly $70,000 with lots of employee turnover.‘Streateries’ are thriving, but only in some parts of D.C. Now Bowser wants to expand them.|Michael Brice-Saddler, Fritz Hahn|February 1, 2021|Washington Post
American presidents from George Washington to John Quincy Adams all struggled mightily to exploit the rivalries among the great powers.Defeating today’s top threats requires rethinking our idea of national security|Melvyn Leffler|January 26, 2021|Washington Post
Quarterback Carson Wentz, who struggled mightily before being benched for Jalen Hurts, also appeared to have problems with Pederson, and it’s unclear what role that played in the decision.Eight big questions for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs|John Clayton|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
San Francisco had been struggling mightily since regular starter Jimmy Garoppolo was lost in Week 8, but the Niners pulled out a surprising road win against the Rams on Sunday to salvage some chance at the playoffs.Carson Wentz Is In Freefall, And The Eagles Are Going Down With Him|Neil Paine (email@example.com)|December 3, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
This year, the Martin Agency is also closing its doors for the final two weeks of the year, to recognize how much the company got done, adding new clients and turning a profit in a year when most agencies struggled mightily.Care packages replace canapés as Coronavirus cancels media holiday party extravagances|Max Willens|November 30, 2020|Digiday
The music sometimes sounding like the exorcism of a multitude of demons, each one of whom was mightily resisting his expulsion.
The videotape added nothing new to our knowledge, but it added mightily to our emotional knowledge.
While some House members are struggling mightily, others are keeping their races at at least a dead heat.
Squandered no matter how hard we try, how mightily we labor for special attention.From Smarm To Snark, We’re All Soldiers In The War On Obscurity|James Poulos|December 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was understanding, he was helpful, he listened to them, and he encouraged them mightily in all their pursuits.Murder, Sex, and the Writing Life: Norman Mailer’s Biography|Ronald K. Fried|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Veal had been, subject to fits, and she asks if Mrs. Bargrave does not think she is "mightily impaired by her fits?"Second Edition of A Discovery Concerning Ghosts|George Cruikshank
But swifter still was the hand of the deliverer.Winfried's heavy staff thrust mightily against the hammer's handle as it fell.The First Christmas Tree|Henry Van Dyke
It was Sunday, moreover, and the early services in the new church helped mightily to set a new face on things.A Prince of Cornwall|Charles W. Whistler
He blistered Arbuthnot with abuse, swung from the newspaper office, and barged mightily down Fleet Street, a disturber of traffic.Jaffery|William J. Locke
The vast steam-threshers are mightily devouring what their servants, the monster steam-reapers, have gleaned for them.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete|Gilbert Parker