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Origin of truly
historical usage of truly
Old English -líce ultimately derives from the Germanic noun līkom “body, form, appearance.” This Old English suffix means something like “having the form or appearance of,” and tréowlíce therefore means “appearing faithful, looking trustworthy.”
The Romance languages (such as Spanish, Italian, French) have chosen mind over body in forming adverbs. In Spanish, claro means “clear,” and its adverb is claramente; likewise, Italian chiaro and chiaramente. In Latin this would be a phrase composed of the noun mēns “mind” and the adjective clārus “clear”: clārā mente “with a clear mind.” Even today Spanish (and Portuguese) maintain mente in its original noun sense (and not as an adverb suffix) in a chain of adverbs: thus “distinctly and clearly” is distinta y claramente in Spanish ( distinta e claramente in Portuguese), a usage that also existed in Old Italian and Provençal.
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Example sentences from the Web for truly
But he was always uncommonly gracious, a truly gentle man, willing to dispense wisdom and perspective when asked.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.
“I truly believe there is a Santa Claus” said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus|Ben Jacobs|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I recognize my inability to truly understand these events in the same context or view these events through exactly the same prism.
Amelia says some truly terrible things to Sam, supposedly inhabited by the Babadook but really consumed in grief.
That child was as truly an object of reverence to us as any patient sufferer of mature age.Household Education|Harriet Martineau
"My case is rather an ugly one to look back upon, truly," Charter granted.She Buildeth Her House|Will Comfort
The Maid had by her first triumph given the "sign" so oft demanded of her that she was truly the envoy of God.The Executioner's Knife|Eugne Sue
O my dear sisters, truly Eve hath many daughters who imitate their mother, who answer in this manner.A Literary History of the English People|Jean Jules Jusserand
And this must be true always where our interests are truly Christian interests.Our Lady Saint Mary|J. G. H. Barry