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imperative +‎ -ly


imperatively (comparative more imperatively, superlative most imperatively)

  1. In an imperative manner.
    • 1625, John Donne, Sermon preached 26 April, 1625, in Fifty Sermons, Volume 2, London: M.F., J. Marriot and R. Royston, 1649, Sermon 33, p. 299,[1]
      [] being a mother, and having the dignity of a Parent upon her, she does not proceed supplicatorily, she does not pray them, nor intreat them, she does not say, I would you would go forth, and I would you would looke out, but it is Egredimini, & videte, imperatively, authoritatively, Do it, you must do it: []
    • 1849, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], “Written in the Schoolroom”, in Shirley. A Tale. [], volume III, London: Smith, Elder and Co., [], OCLC 84390265, page 279:
      Improvement is imperatively needed.
    • 1873–1884 (date written), Samuel Butler, chapter LXIX, in R[ichard] A[lexander] Streatfeild, editor, The Way of All Flesh, London: Grant Richards, published 1903, OCLC 546196, pages 312–313:
      If a man has been possessed by devils for long enough they will rend him as they leave him, however imperatively they may have been cast out. Ernest did not stay long where he was, for he feared each moment that his father and mother would come out.
    • 1904 January 29 – October 7, Joseph Conrad, chapter VII, in Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard, London; New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers [], published 1904, OCLC 8754239, part first (The Silver of the Mine), page 76:
      The military band happened to be braying operatic selections on the plaza just then, and twice he raised his hand imperatively for silence in order to listen to a favourite passage.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 13: Nausicaa]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483, part II [Odyssey], page 332:
      — Come here, Tommy, his sister called imperatively, at once! And you, Jacky, for shame to throw poor Tommy in the dirty sand. Wait till I catch you for that.
    • 1925, F[rancis] Scott Fitzgerald, chapter I, in The Great Gatsby, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, OCLC 884653065; republished New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1953, →ISBN, pages 11–12:
      [] wedging his tense arm imperatively under mine, Tom Buchanan compelled me from the room as though he were moving a checker to another square.