commandingly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

commanding +‎ -ly

Adverb[edit]

commandingly ‎(not comparable)

  1. In a commanding fashion.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter ,[1]
      And yet, somehow, did Ahab—in his own proper self, as daily, hourly, and every instant, commandingly revealed to his subordinates,—Ahab seemed an independent lord []
    • 1927, Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, Chapter 4,[2]
      She could see it all so clearly, so commandingly, when she looked: it was when she took her brush in hand that the whole thing changed.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 5,
      “Delightful idea,” said Lady Partridge. [] ¶ “It is, I believe, an irresistible one,” said Lipscomb, laying his left hand commandingly on the table.
    • 2007 June 20, Katharine Q. Seelye, “Former First Couple Mimics TV’s Former First Couple”, in New York Times[3]:
      “I ordered for the table,” she says, commandingly.