round·​ly | \ ˈrau̇n(d)-lē How to pronounce roundly (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Democrats in Congress were roundly critical of the idea,’s Sabrina Eaton writes. cleveland, "Donald Trump takes a trade-deal victory lap through Michigan and Iowa: The Flyover," 31 Jan. 2020 Morning-after review of 3-0 win vs. Phoenix Rising FC The early returns on FC Cincinnati's victory against Phoenix were roundly positive. Pat Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati notebook: Darren Mattocks not in plans for 2020," 30 Jan. 2020 Officials in Lafayette County were roundly criticized in November for proposing to prosecute media and discipline board members who reported results from a three-county groundwater study in a manner not favored by county officials. Christa Westerberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bill in Wisconsin Legislature requires prompt notification when groundwater is polluted," 9 Jan. 2020 Anxious, weary and frustrated after living through months of fires already, many Australians have focused their fury on Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose response to the crisis has been roundly criticized as lax, and at times, dismissive. NBC News, "Australian crews race to contain blazes ahead of heat wave later this week," 7 Jan. 2020 Last month, pro-government candidates were roundly defeated in district council elections, with almost 90 percent of seats going to pro-democracy candidates., "Hong Kong’s economy is set to contract in the fourth quarter as the city reels from six months of violent social unrest, the financial chief said Sunday.," 31 Dec. 2019 The idea that the left has enemies who must be roundly defeated remains too gauche for many Democrats. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Daily Show’s Rally to Restore Sanity Predicted a Decade of Liberal Futility," 27 Dec. 2019 They were roundly believed to be a carnal, raucous bunch, hell-bent on drinking wine and fornicating. Time, "The Witcher Borrows Heavily From European Folklore. Here Are the Myths That Inspired the Netflix Show's Monsters," 20 Dec. 2019 The project was roundly criticized as being behind schedule and over budget, and the court had to cut ties with several contractors who were later swept up in the countywide corruption scandal. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County juvenile court gets new chief judge," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of roundly

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

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“Roundly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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