truly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English truely, treuly, treuli, trewely, treowliche, from Old English trēowlīċe(faithfully; truly), equivalent to true +‎ -ly.

Cognate with Dutch trouwelijk, Middle Low German truwlike, German treulich, Swedish trolig, Icelandic trygglega.

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Adverb[edit]

truly ‎(comparative trulier or more truly, superlative truliest or most truly)

  1. In accordance with the facts; truthfully, accurately.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.27:
      He adds, very truly, that what was fatal to such philosophies as his was not Christianity but the Copernican theory.
  2. Honestly, genuinely, in fact, really.
    That is truly all I know.
    Truly, that is all I know.
  3. Very.
    You are truly silly.

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