round·​ly | \ ˈrau̇n(d)-lē \

Definition of roundly 

1a : in a complete or thorough manner : thoroughly roundly disliked roundly satisfying
b : by nearly everyone : widely roundly praised
2 : in a plainspoken manner : bluntly told them roundly they would get no help
3 : with vigor or asperity roundly attacked the plan

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Examples of roundly in a Sentence

Her leadership is roundly praised. She roundly criticized the plan.

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On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence offered Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer a funding deal that included $2.5 billion for border security and was roundly rebuffed by Democrats. Li Zhou, Vox, "Wednesday is day 5 of a partial government shutdown. It could go on for a while.," 26 Dec. 2018 When Hardy has fought in Fort Pierce, Fla., and Bossier City, La., and Dallas, he’s been roundly booed by audiences that appear to agree with Glazer and Clark. Robert Klemko,, "Greg Hardy, the UFC and the Limits of the Second Chance," 25 June 2018 But it was roundly seen as extreme by fellow MPs, many of whom gasped in horror. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "What Exactly Is Going On With Theresa May Today in the U.K.?," 12 Dec. 2018 Tough talk by unpopular President Emmanuel Macron, who has been roundly blamed for the chaos, isn’t likely to mend the growing sense of social injustice. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Violent protests in France reveal a hard-to-heal fracture," 4 Dec. 2018 Their design has been roundly mocked, but the AirPods’ white stems are now ubiquitous and instantly recognizable in cities around the world. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The best truly wireless earbuds to buy in 2018," 3 Aug. 2018 The first generation of Windows 10-on-ARM machines were roundly criticized for the performance of their Snapdragon 835 processors. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Samsung launches Snapdragon 850-powered Windows 2-in-1," 18 Oct. 2018 The ads, on both sides of the aisle, signal a deep partisan divide—suggesting whoever Trump announces will receive staunch support from Republicans and be roundly opposed by Democrats. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Supreme Court battle: Conservative group vows to spend $10M backing Trump pick," 2 Oct. 2018 Teammates roundly praised Orpik's toughness in staying in the game. Adam Kilgore,, "Brooks Orpik returns after brutal hit, prompting scrutiny of NHL concussion protocol," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of roundly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of roundly

: thoroughly or completely

: by nearly everyone

: using plain or strong language

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