[wil-fuh l]


Related formswil·ful·ly, adverbwil·ful·ness, nounun·wil·ful, adjectiveun·wil·ful·ly, adverbun·wil·ful·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of wilfully

  • But it is provoking to find people so blind—so wilfully blind—to their own interest.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • She was sure, however, that he knew of her visits and wilfully avoided her.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • To prove this he wilfully exaggerated his gruffness and curtness of manner.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Tibby rose to his feet, and wilfully caught his person on the backs of the chairs.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • His air of weary indifference was accentuated, I could not help thinking, wilfully.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for wilfully


US willful


intent on having one's own way; headstrong or obstinate
intentionalwilful murder
Derived Formswilfully or US willfully, adverbwilfulness or US willfulness, noun
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