round·​ly ˈrau̇n(d)-lē How to pronounce roundly (audio)
: in a complete or thorough manner : thoroughly
roundly disliked
roundly satisfying
: by nearly everyone : widely
roundly praised
: in a plainspoken manner : bluntly
told them roundly they would get no help
: with vigor or asperity
roundly attacked the plan

Examples of roundly in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of roundly was in the 15th century

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“Roundly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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round·​ly ˈrau̇n-(d)lē How to pronounce roundly (audio)
: in a thorough way : completely
was roundly ignored
: in plain or strong language
roundly criticized the plan

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