thoroughgoing

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the United States has successfully depleted the supply of machine guns, as well as the ease and attractiveness of their use by criminals, with exactly these measures: a gun database and a thoroughgoing application process. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Should Las Vegas’s machine-gun rental industry be the future liberals want for assault weapons?," 20 Apr. 2020 He should be remembered as a thoroughgoing failure as a pandemic-time President. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Woodrow Wilson’s Case of the Flu, and How Pandemics Change History," 17 Apr. 2020 The young Petrie’s journey from Biblical fundamentalist to a thoroughgoing man of science is one of the most remarkable aspects of this remarkable man’s life. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau," 15 Mar. 2020 These triumphs notwithstanding, three years in, hopes of a thoroughgoing overhaul have been dashed. Philip Wallach, National Review, "On Deregulation, Trump Has Achieved Little," 19 Dec. 2019 Edmund Wilson’s brilliant essay on Holmes, which appeared as the last chapter of his 1962 book Patriotic Gore, contended that the war bludgeoned Holmes’s youthful certainties into a thoroughgoing skepticism about moral absolutes. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "The Shrinking Legacy of a Supreme Court Justice," 1 Oct. 2019 But Ms Shelton’s more recent statements in favour of looser policy seem to suggest a thoroughgoing conversion. The Economist, "President Donald Trump is trying to fill two jobs at the Fed," 4 July 2019 But Ms Shelton’s more recent statements in favour of looser policy seem to suggest a thoroughgoing conversion. The Economist, "President Donald Trump is trying to fill two jobs at the Fed," 4 July 2019 But Ms Shelton’s more recent statements in favour of looser policy seem to suggest a thoroughgoing conversion. The Economist, "President Donald Trump is trying to fill two jobs at the Fed," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of thoroughgoing

1719, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2020

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“Thoroughgoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thoroughgoing. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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: including every possible detail : very thorough or complete

thoroughgoing

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