ex·​cep·​tion·​al·​ly | \ ik-ˈsep-shnə-lē How to pronounce exceptionally (audio) , -shə-nᵊl-ē\

Definition of exceptionally

: in an exceptional manner : to an exceptional degree especially : more than average or usual an exceptionally difficult task

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Yet by every account, the philosopher was exceptionally ugly, his mien marred by monstrous bulging eyes, in a society that prized manly beauty as a virtue partaking of the divine. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘Socrates in Love’ Review: A Vigorous, Brilliant Young Man," 17 May 2019 Dykema says the whirl started when hot air from the exceptionally hot fire rose and twisted tightly, creating a powerful tornado of flames and wind. Fox News, "The Latest: Northern California 'fire whirl' reached 143 mph," 3 Aug. 2018 Whether or not the Ouargla record is certified, the temperature posted seems plausible as the weather pattern was conducive to the exceptionally hot conditions. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Africa may have witnessed its all-time hottest temperature Thursday: 124 degrees in Algeria," 6 July 2018 El Niño is fundamentally about Pacific Ocean temperatures, and those were exceptionally hot as well. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Massive bleaching event may be permanently changing the Great Barrier Reef," 18 Apr. 2018 The fire, in a mostly chaparral landscape, also burned exceptionally hot, Dr. Godt said. Jennifer Medina, Thomas Fuller And Tim Arango, New York Times, "Mudslides Strike Southern California, Leaving at Least 13 Dead," 9 Jan. 2018 My undereye skin is probably just exceptionally thin, allowing blood vessels to shine through, and the blueness is in turn exacerbated by my bone structure, which shrouds the whole mess in shadows. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 2019 Now, as documented in an op-ed from Al Jazeera, many of the contenders in the exceptionally crowded 2020 field (though not all) are somewhat aligned with Sanders’s views on the issue. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Said She Hates Donald Trump and Might Support Bernie Sanders in 2020," 16 Apr. 2019 This would be exceptionally tragic, given how hard Dany has worked to free herself from the history of her crazy family and the (many seasons of boring) effort to rule wisely, instead of just with fire. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Daenerys Turn Evil on 'Game of Thrones? Let's Dig Deep Into This Theory," 19 Apr. 2019

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1703, in the meaning defined above

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