in the strict/strictest sense (of the word)

idiom

Definition of in the strict/strictest sense (of the word)

used to refer to using the correct or precise meaning of a word
  • He's not a volunteer in the strict/strictest sense (of the word) because he receives a small stipend.

Word by Word Definitions

strict play
  1. : stringent in requirement or control

  2. : severe in discipline

  3. : inflexibly maintained or adhered to

strict play strictest
  1. : stringent in requirement or control

  2. : severe in discipline

  3. : inflexibly maintained or adhered to

sense play
  1. : a meaning conveyed or intended : import, signification

  2. : the faculty of perceiving by means of sense organs

  3. : a specialized function or mechanism (such as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch) by which an animal receives and responds to external or internal stimuli

  1. : to perceive by the senses (see 1sense 2)

  2. : to be or become conscious of

  3. : grasp, comprehend

word play
  1. : a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use

  2. : the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements

  3. : a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word

  1. : to express in words : phrase

  2. : speak


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