In one’s real nature, in contrast to how one may appear: he’s a good lad at heart
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- He was a strong and rugged elf who could often appear aggressive, but was truly kind and noble at heart.
- The truth is, I am a hopeless romantic at heart and nothing will change that.
- He was a kind and gentle man who remained young at heart to the end.
basically, fundamentally, essentially, at bottom, deep down, in essence, intrinsically, innately;
really, actually, truly, in fact, in truth;
French au fond
informal when you get right down to it
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