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1In a remarkable or noticeable way:‘you have singularly failed to live up to your promises’[as submodifier] ‘a singularly unattractive colour’
remarkably, extraordinarily, exceptionally, very, extremely, really, outstandingly, strikingly, signally, eminently, especially, particularly, incredibly, awfully, terribly, decidedly, supremely, peculiarly, distinctly, conspicuouslyamazingly, astonishingly, phenomenally, astoundingly, spectacularly, prodigiously, unusually, uncommonly, extrarighttremendously, seriously, majorly, fantastically, terrifically, stupendouslyjolly, dead, wellpowerfulView synonyms
- ‘But, strategically, it was singularly ill-equipped to live with the kind of wholesale prices that have been reality here for the past few years.’
- ‘The Sunday lunchtime roast is accompanied by live jazz: a singularly soporific treat.’
- ‘Under his scrutiny Africa in particular is prone to dissolving in a singularly powerful mood of menace, fear, and disgust.’
- ‘Unfortunately, this particular copper was singularly unhelpful, refusing to say a word.’
- ‘She seems to pick the right thing in any restaurant we go to, leaving me looking on enviously as I pick my way through a Chef's Special that singularly fails to live up to its name.’
- ‘They can seem crusty, Eighties phenomena who have singularly failed to get out of their pinstripes, Jermyn Street shirts and carefully-knotted ties.’
- ‘Despite natural disasters, despite environmental anxieties, despite the dangers from terrorists, we live in singularly fortunate times.’
- ‘The hunger for mainland technology stocks reflects the cold reality that alternative investments in the United States look singularly unattractive.’
- ‘They hid me one night in the flat of this sweet old lady, and she showed me photographs of some singularly unattractive children.’
- ‘‘I singularly failed to get an education,’ he says.’
- ‘The first five minutes sent the warning to Kilmarnock which they singularly failed to heed.’
- ‘At first we were much puzzled as to the origin and constitution of this extraordinary race, points upon which they were singularly uncommunicative.’
- ‘A whole array of intellectuals are revealed not merely to be snobs and fuzzy thinkers, but possessed of singularly unattractive opinions based on nothing more than prejudice and stupidity.’
- ‘In fact, once noticed, it seems singularly ubiquitous.’
- ‘Part of his job, he says, is to keep the expectations of the fans in check, something that he singularly failed to do when he was manager.’
- ‘If these are the yardsticks for the success of a religion then can it not be concluded that all religions have singularly failed the faithful, given the global spread of destitution and racism?’
- ‘But of the home favourites, it is Senior who is best placed to give the galleries what they want and he is holding his game together this week in a way that he singularly failed to do on his last outing.’
- ‘Little surprise, then, that yesterday's scoreless draw at Craven Cottage singularly failed to live up to its billing.’
- ‘The post-Second World War ‘Era of Good Feeling’, with its universal consensus that one was singularly lucky to be living in the USA, has disintegrated.’
- ‘He is an extraordinary man from singularly outstanding origins.’
- 1.1 In a strange or eccentric way:‘Charlotte thought her very singularly dressed’
- ‘I think there is something singularly distinctive about the Irish psyche.’
- ‘Charlotte thought her very strange-looking and singularly dressed.’
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