ver·​i·​ly ˈver-ə-lē How to pronounce verily (audio)
: in truth : certainly

Examples of verily in a Sentence

I verily believe that these accusations are false. verily, I don't remember a single thing about that course
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Word History


Middle English verraily, from verray very entry 2 + -ly -ly entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of verily was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Verily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ver·​i·​ly ˈver-ə-lē How to pronounce verily (audio)
: in fact : certainly

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