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From fit +‎ -ly.



fitly (comparative more fitly, superlative most fitly)

  1. In a fit manner
    Synonyms: suitably, properly, commodiously, conveniently
    • 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:
      , II.12:
      Meane-while it is a great comfort unto a Christian man, to see our mortall implements, and fading tooles, so fitly sorted to our holy and divine faith [].
    • c. 1608, William Shakespeare, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Act II, Scene 1,[1]
      I can compare our rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; a’ plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last devours them all at a mouthful []
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Proverbs 25:11,[2]
      A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, chapter XI, Labour:
      Labour is Life: from the inmost heart of the Worker rises his god-given Force, the sacred celestial Life-essence breathed into him by Almighty God; from his inmost heart awakens him to all nobleness, — to all knowledge, ‘self-knowledge’ and much else, so soon as Work fitly begins.
    • 1948, Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, New York: Scribner, 1987, Chapter 28,
      This Court has a solemn duty to protect society against the murderous attacks of dangerous men, whether they be old or young, and to show clearly that it will punish fitly such offenders.