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  1. in truth; really; indeed.
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Origin of verily

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at very, -ly
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Related Words for verily

absolutely, actually, assuredly, certainly, easily, fairly, genuinely, honestly, indeed, indubitably, literally, positively, precisely, surely, truly, truthfully, undoubtedly, unquestionably, well, admittedly

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Historical Examples of verily

  • Verily their way shall be filled with disaster; lo, then we shall rest.

    The Babylonian Legends of the Creation

    British Museum

  • Verily there are strange contradictions in our conventional morality.

  • And verily it is not a good thing to live in the East for any length of time.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • God has given him hands, and brains; and a good heart, as I verily believe.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • I verily believe you have said that fifty thousand times, in my hearing.

British Dictionary definitions for verily


  1. (sentence modifier) archaic in truth; trulyverily, thou art a man of God
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Word Origin for verily

C13: from very + -ly ²
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Word Origin and History for verily


c.1300, from Middle English verray "true, real" (see very) + -ly (2).

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