thor·​ough·​go·​ing | \ ˌthər-ə-ˈgō-iŋ How to pronounce thoroughgoing (audio) , ˌthə-rə-, -ˈgȯ(-)iŋ\

Definition of thoroughgoing

: marked by thoroughness or zeal : thorough, complete thoroughgoing changes a thoroughgoing traditionalist

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thoroughgoingly adverb

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civil rights advocates are hoping for a thoroughgoing rejection of the proposed bill a thoroughgoing attempt to solve the puzzle and still no luck

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Xi has also undertaken a thoroughgoing reform of the PLA, reorganizing its structure and shrinking the size of the Central Military Commissions from nine to seven members. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China party expels general who killed self, indicts another," 16 Oct. 2018 The typewriter is a key demonstration of the way the Johnsons thought about corporate design, Gates said, a kind of thoroughgoing approach similar to what S.C. Johnson did in Racine, Wis., or Google is doing today. Steve Johnson,, "'Johnson Publishing' exhibit shows off company's design flair — without a plexiglass museum case," 5 July 2018 In other words, any thoroughgoing change in which artists are deemed Important will take a while. Michael Slenske And Molly Langmuir, The Cut, "Who’s Afraid of the Female Nude?," 18 Apr. 2018 One of the most thoroughgoing unpunished scandals of the second Bush Administration was its unconscionable politicization of the Department of Justice—an unprecedented malfeasance in office unmatched until this present bunch came to Washington. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Here's Your Shocking Trump Judicial Nominee of the Day," 10 Jan. 2018 But Eitzel is a more thoroughgoing unbeliever, from a more skeptical age, especially as an AIDS-era gay artist who spent a fair slice of his career half in and half out of the closet. Carl Wilson, Slate Magazine, "If You Miss Leonard Cohen, Then You Need to Meet Mark Eitzel," 30 Jan. 2017 Actually, Feinstein said — with enough caveats to employ a decent-sized law firm — Trump could end up being a good president, given time, patience and a thoroughgoing personality transplant. Mark Z. Barabak,, "Strange but true: Praise in lefty San Francisco for Pelosi and Trump — gasp — working together," 14 Sep. 2017 Brendan, a thoroughgoing lacrosse bro, is stoked to meet his roommate — a kindred spirit, at least initially — and to seek out postsecondary babes and Jager. Chris Bachelder, New York Times, "In ‘Mrs. Fletcher,’ Tom Perrotta Satirizes the Sex Lives of Mothers and Sons," 1 Aug. 2017 At 28, Chen is that rara avis among rising classical stars, a superlative virtuoso who also happens to be a thoroughgoing artist. John Von Rhein,, "Brilliant fiddle virtuoso, choral rarity, lend cachet to Ravinia, Grant Park concerts," 30 July 2017

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First Known Use of thoroughgoing

1719, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of thoroughgoing

: including every possible detail : very thorough or complete


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to take the place or position of

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