Definition of flatly in English:


Line breaks: flat¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈflatli


  • 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
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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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