sur·​pris·​ing·​ly | \sər-ˈprī-ziŋ-lē, sə-\

Definition of surprisingly 

1 : in a surprising manner : to a surprising degree a surprisingly fast runner

2 : it is surprising that surprisingly, voter turnout was high

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Despite their rich and well-connected pedigree, the mother and daughter pair were almost completely isolated from the outside world and, surprisingly, were living in abject squalor., "Why Fashion People Love Cult Film Grey Gardens," 3 July 2018 Investigative reports like these take time, and not surprisingly, sometimes journalists get frustrated as well. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Sil Lai Abrams Accuses Russell Simmons, A.J. Calloway of Sexual Assault, Slams NBC For Silencing Her Voice: Report," 28 June 2018 And those that do, surprisingly, come to America from South Korea. Alex Ward, Vox, "Awkward: the upheld travel ban still applies to North Korea, too," 26 June 2018 The diminutive Argentina star leapt into the air to challenge Peter Shilton in an aerial battle, and surprisingly came out on top as the ball bounced into the net., "7 of the Craziest Moments in World Cup History," 3 July 2018 Cooking, perhaps not surprisingly, came up frequently. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Inside Amazon's Painstaking Pursuit to Teach Alexa French," 13 June 2018 The most vociferous attacks Rohrabacher has taken on Russia have surprisingly come from a member of his own party and a onetime protégé: Scott Baugh, the former Republican leader of the California State Assembly. Dan Merica And Zachary Cohen, CNN, "Even the race to replace 'Putin's favorite Congressman' unlikely to hinge on Russia," 3 June 2018 Not surprisingly, Walker’s first role came as an uncredited Tarzan in the Bowery Boys film Jungle Gents (1954). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Clint Walker, Star of 1950s TV Western 'Cheyenne,' Dies at 90," 22 May 2018 And somewhat surprisingly, that request came from both conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus and moderates like California Rep. Jeff Denham. Tara Golshan, Vox, "A House revolt over immigration just killed the farm bill — for now," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of surprisingly

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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