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From living +‎ -ly


livingly (comparative more livingly, superlative most livingly)

  1. In actual living experience, vitally, really.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, ch. 103—Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton:
      Only in the heart of quickest perils; only when within the eddyings of his angry flukes; only on the profound unbounded sea, can the fully invested whale be truly and livingly found out.
    • 1887, Julian Hawthorne, "Literature for Children" in Confessions and Criticisms:
      If we believed—if the great mass of people known as the civilized world did actually and livingly believe—that there was really anything beyond or above the physical order of nature, our children's literature, wrongly so called, would not be what it is.
    • 1922, D. H. Lawrence, Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 14:
      A man very rarely has an image of a person with whom he is livingly, vitally connected.
  2. Realistically; as if experienced in life or as if alive.
    • 1882, Charles Kingsley, "North Devon" in Prose Idylls, New and Old (originally published in Fraser's Magazine, July, 1849):
      It was so strange, to have that gay Italian bay, with all its memories . . . and those great old heroes, with their awful deeds for good and evil, all brought so suddenly and livingly before me.
    • c. 1889, Samuel Butler, "How To Make the Best of Life" in Essays on Life, Art and Science:
      Take an extreme case. A group of people are photographed by Edison's new process—say Titiens, Trebelli, and Jenny Lind, with any two of the finest men singers the age has known—let them be photographed incessantly for half an hour while they perform a scene in "Lohengrin"; let all be done stereoscopically. Let them be phonographed at the same time so that their minutest shades of intonation are preserved, let the slides be coloured by a competent artist, and then let the scene be called suddenly into sight and sound, say a hundred years hence. Are those people dead or alive? Dead to themselves they are, but while they live so powerfully and so livingly in us, which is the greater paradox—to say that they are alive or that they are dead?
    • 1892, Robert Louis Stevenson, Across The Plains, ch. 9:
      You should have heard him speak of what he loved. . . . Here was a piece of experience solidly and livingly built up in words, here was a story created.

Further reading[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary 2nd ed. (1989)
  • livingly at OneLook Dictionary Search