sacredly

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From sacred +‎ -ly.

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sacredly (comparative more sacredly, superlative most sacredly)

  1. In a sacred manner.
    • 1637, Thomas Nabbes, Hannibal and Scipio, London: Charles Greene, Act II, Scene 3,[1]
      Scip[io]. [] Remember Syphax
      Thy vow hath made thee Romes.
      Syph[ax]. Which Ile preserve
      As sacredly inviolate, as if
      Eternall seales had ratifi’d it.
    • 1722, Daniel Defoe, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, London, p. 136,[2]
      [] he protested to me, that if he was naked in Bed with me, he would as sacredly preserve my Virtue, as he would defend it if I was assaulted by a Ravisher []
    • 1872, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Book 6, Chapter 61,[3]
      [] I have a communication of a very private—indeed, I will say, of a sacredly confidential nature, which I desire to make to you.
    • 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 26,[4]
      “Each girl has to read her story out loud and then we talk it over. We are going to keep them all sacredly and have them to read to our descendants [] .”
    • 1946, Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan, “Mr Rottcodd Again” in The Gormonghast Novels, Woodstock: The Overlook Press, 1995, pp. 393-394,[5]
      Satisfaction because the ritual of Gormenghast was proceeding as sacredly and deliberately as ever before []

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