Definition of roundly in English:


Line breaks: round¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈraʊn(d)li


  • 1In a vehement or emphatic manner: the latest attacks have been roundly condemned by campaigners for peace
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    • When it comes down to threats of physical violence against people who are doing their jobs, that is something we roundly condemn.
    • Last year, they roundly condemned the growing practice of fingerprinting school children as part of cost cutting projects to ‘automate’ school libraries.
    • New Left radicals roundly condemned liberals in the 1960s for their reluctance to take sides.
  • 1.1So thoroughly as to leave no doubt: the army was roundly beaten
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    • No one seriously doubts that the citizenship provision adopted in 1998 has been roundly abused and should be changed.
    • The computer manufacturer is getting roundly spanked in a fierce price war during a market slowdown.
    • The original script of the film had been roundly rejected.
    utterly, completely, totally, thoroughly, decisively, conclusively, heavily, soundly
  • 1.2Too plainly for politeness; bluntly: she told him roundly to get to the point
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    • When he didn't like a manuscript he said so more roundly than a nervous author wanted.
    • Indeed, he was roundly told off by Noel's father, who threatened to tell his mother about his lies!
  • 2So as to form a circular or roughly circular shape: he was a middle-aged, roundly built man

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