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purely

adverb

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1 with purity of thought and deed
  • the devout girl vowed to live her life purely and in the service of God

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2 for nothing other than
  • I fish purely for the fun of it—I don't care if I end up with no fish to fry

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3 nothing more than
  • her pleasantries were purely for show and masked her true feelings

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

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purely

pureness

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“Purely.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/purely. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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