- in accordance with fact or truth; truthfully.
- exactly; accurately; correctly.
- rightly; properly; duly.
- legitimately; by right.
- really; genuinely; authentically.
- indeed; verily.
- sincerely: yours truly.
- Archaic. faithfully; loyally.
Origin of truly
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Examples 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
January 4, 2015
The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
“I truly believe there is a Santa Claus” said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
I recognize my inability to truly understand these events in the same context or view these events through exactly the same prism.Dr. Howard Fuller's Injustice Education
December 21, 2014
Amelia says some truly terrible things to Sam, supposedly inhabited by the Babadook but really consumed in grief.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
I wish he were here now, even he,—any one who loved me truly, and whom I could love only a little.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Tell me, Clary, and tell me truly—Do you not continue to correspond with Mr. Lovelace?
And if our flaws are endless, God's love is truly boundless.
Until he has been part of a cause larger than himself, no man is truly whole.
Why, truly, his last will shewed what effect your smooth obligingness had upon him!
- in a true, just, or faithful manner
- (intensifier)a truly great man
- indeed; really
See also yours truly
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Word Origin and History for truly
Old English treowlice, from treow (see true).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper