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open +‎ -ly



openly (comparative more openly, superlative most openly)

  1. In an open manner; visibly.
    Synonym: Thesaurus:obviously
    Antonym: Thesaurus:obviously
    • 1943 November – 1944 February (date written; published 1945 August 17), George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], Animal Farm [], London: Secker & Warburg, published May 1962, →OCLC:
      Nevertheless, without openly admitting it, he was devoted to Boxer;
    • 2012 April 26, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Reviews: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits :”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      The openly ridiculous plot has The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) scheming to win the Pirate Of The Year competition, even though he’s a terrible pirate, far outclassed by rivals voiced by Jeremy Piven and Salma Hayek.
    • 2017 January 20, Donald Trump, “The Inaugural Address”, in The White House[2], archived from the original on 28 March 2020:
      We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
    • 2022 October 14, Daisuke Wakabayashi, Claire Fu, “China’s Internet Censors Race to Quell Beijing Protest Chatter”, in The New York Times[3], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 14 October 2022, Asia Pacific‎[4]:
      When a column of smoke appeared on Thursday over the Sitong Bridge overpass in the Haidian district of Beijing, it drew attention to a protester who had hung banners openly bashing China’s top leader by name and criticizing the country’s “zero Covid” policy, including one calling for “freedom and not lockdowns.”


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