hot·​ly | \ ˈhät-lē How to pronounce hotly (audio) \

Definition of hotly

: in a hot manner a hotly contested series

Examples of hotly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They were hotly debated, but all emphasized human agency, sought liberation, and rejected despair. Robert L. Woodson Sr. And Joshua Mitchell, WSJ, "How the Left Hijacked Civil Rights," 15 Jan. 2021 Into that international mix has recently stepped a third player — a Chinese company proposing a major and hotly debated new enterprise outside Del Rio that has become one of The 830 Times’s biggest news stories. New York Times, "In a Widening News Desert on the Border, a Tabloid Start-Up Defies the Odds," 1 Jan. 2021 The value of such a perspective is hotly debated, and has been since Lolita hit bookshelves. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Pop Culture Reckoned With #MeToo in Radical New Ways in 2020—Even as It Receded From Headlines," 22 Dec. 2020 Did Noelline find glory in being, for a short while, the talk of Naratrany, the damsel hotly contested by two doleful knights? Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020 The race was one of the most hotly contested among the five seats up for grabs on the council. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: The Bay Area experts on Biden’s coronavirus task force," 10 Nov. 2020 However, many of the states hardest-hit by this fresh wave of cases are the most hotly contested in the election, notably those in the upper Midwest and the Mountain West. Eve Sneider, Wired, "A Holiday Season Surge, Outbreaks in Swing States, and More Coronavirus News," 30 Oct. 2020 While the seat is among the most hotly contested in the state this year, District 29 leans to the right. Annie Martin,, "Republican-backed group pushes ads for independent candidate in Scott Plakon-Tracey Kagan race," 28 Oct. 2020 That sticking point was hotly debated in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, over the past week, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Lara Jakes, New York Times, "1998 U.S. Embassy Bombing Victims Are Assured Equal Compensation in Deal With Sudan," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hotly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hotly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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