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From Middle English roundly, roundely, roundliche, equivalent to round +‎ -ly.


roundly (comparative more roundly, superlative most roundly)

  1. Circularly.
  2. Utterly or thoroughly.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.
    • 1974, Richard Garrett, General Gordon (page 203)
      When, over in the east, General Valentine Baker led his force of four thousand irregulars against Osman Digna, he was roundly thrashed.