ver·​i·​ly | \ ˈver-ə-lē How to pronounce verily (audio) \

Definition of verily

1 : in truth : certainly

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Ignore my bigotry and bad character and all the kingdoms of the Courts, from lowest to highest, will verily be yours.’ Pretty rough way to describe it. NBC News, 1 July 2018 If Man were meant to Fly, verily there would Be no Connections in Atlanta, Chicago, or the Sodom known as LaGuardia. Ashley Braun, Slate Magazine, 14 July 2017 But the whole cast is, verily, first-rate and clever. John Anderson, WSJ, 6 July 2017 Is academic jargon verily so problematical vis-à-vis its labyrinthine potentialities qua trans-resistive reactionings? Rebecca Schuman, Slate Magazine, 26 Jan. 2017 Verily, the life sciences arm of Google umbrella company Alphabet, is bugging out. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 14 July 2017 Verily, this is what terrorists do: invade spaces that feel safe or sacred, and destroy them. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of verily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for verily

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

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

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“Verily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of verily

: certainly or truly

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