Definition of thoroughgoing in English:

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Pronunciation: /THərōˈɡōiNG/
Pronunciation: /ˈTHərəˌɡōiNG/


1Involving or attending to every detail or aspect of something: a thoroughgoing reform of the whole economy
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  • The need of the hour is thoroughgoing political and electoral reforms.
  • Then, if ever, was a signal opportunity to lay the groundwork for a genuinely thoroughgoing reform in keeping with the complementary ideas of free enterprise and equal access to natural opportunity.
  • While worthwhile, commendable, and necessary, these local prosecutions are not enough to prompt the thoroughgoing national, institutional reforms needed.
1.1 [attributive] Exemplifying a specified characteristic fully; absolute: a thoroughgoing chocoholic
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  • Even where Europeanization has, over time, produced pure and thoroughgoing Communitarization, levers for national influence have been retained and guarded very jealously.
  • He was, of course, a consummate thief, but he was probably not the most thoroughgoing plunderer among the world's despots.
  • He has written of the thoroughgoing nihilism of this class: their sense that life has no meaningful shape but is only one thing after another.

Words that rhyme with thoroughgoing

easygoing, flowing, going, knowing, mowing, outgoing, showing, sowing, toing and froing

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Syllabification: thor·ough·go·ing

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