wilfully

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English wilfullīċe, corresponding to wilful +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wilfully ‎(comparative more wilfully, superlative most wilfully)

  1. (obsolete) Willingly, of one's own free will.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vi:
      Why then dost thou, O man, that of them all / Art Lord, and eke of nature Soueraine, / Wilfully make thy selfe a wretched thrall [...]?
  2. Deliberately, on purpose; maliciously.