gen·​u·​ine·​ly ˈjen-yə-wən-lē How to pronounce genuinely (audio)
 nonstandard  -ˌwīn-
: in a real or genuine way : truly
a genuinely funny movie
some genuinely disturbing news
She was genuinely surprised by their decision.
The audience was genuinely moved by the performance.
We are genuinely grateful to still have our jobs.

Examples of genuinely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everyone is genuinely worried about what will come next. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 5 Dec. 2023 Is the move genuinely luxurious or just stingy minimalism? 14 HISTORICALLY, lavish lobbies telegraphed luxury to hotel guests in bold type. Jordi Lippe-McGraw, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2023 The film is genuinely singular, and this rare opportunity to see it in such a great venue is worth marking your calendar for. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Danielle Pinnock and Timothy Simmons play two local news anchors, whose low-key feud is one of the film’s genuinely funny threads. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Nov. 2023 Just as diners prefer an open kitchen to witness culinary artistry, moviegoers want an honest portrayal of what a film truly is—no smoke, no mirrors, just a genuinely shameless cinematic experience. Jeetendr Sehdev, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 This Godzilla is, for the first time in a long while, genuinely terrifying. Lucas Trevor, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 MacGowan described O’Connor as fragile, sensitive and genuinely spiritual. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 That’s hardly a mea culpa, but the tire industry genuinely has been an active partner in studying the problem. Tim Stevens, The Verge, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of genuinely was in 1613

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“Genuinely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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