Definition of flatly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflatlē/


1Showing little interest or emotion: “You’d better go,” she said flatly
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  • He said it flatly, without emotion, but a muscle ticked in one side of his jaw.
  • ‘I never had any interest in lecturing,’ he says flatly.
  • The camera focuses again on the officials who continue reading at great length but flatly, bureaucratically, without interest.
2In a firm and unequivocal manner; absolutely: they flatly refused to play [as submodifier]: his view seems to me flatly contrary to our evidence
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  • The department would also act as underwriter for people who are flatly refused cover by private firms.
  • The law firm flatly dismisses this.
  • Many auto operators flatly refuse to go to certain places.
3In a smooth and even way: I applied the paint flatly
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  • The 21 works shown here range in scale and medium from her signature cabinet-size egg temperas on panel to larger, flatly painted oils on canvas, which are the most recent.
  • When I first saw the show, I was most excited about the bravura Red Highrise, but on returning, I grew more intrigued with other, more flatly painted works.
  • Featuring many flatly painted coats of variously toned acrylic, Roberts' delicate grayish fields evoke shifts and gradations of dawn or evening light.
3.1 Photography Without marked contrast of light and dark: the photographs were lit very flatly

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