One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a magnificent or very impressive manner.‘the ceiling is splendidly decorated’‘the choir performed splendidly’
- ‘The prize goes to his splendidly illustrated book on the archaeology and aesthetics of the Renaissance culture.’
- ‘The slightly strident exterior is offset by a splendidly tranquil interior.’
- ‘The light, crisp wind playing (highlighted by a splendidly articulated bassoon solo) was simply magical!’
- ‘This year there are 14 very different gardens on the trail, including two splendidly restored Victorian gardens.’
- ‘An outstanding portrait is his majestic image of the princess splendidly bejewelled for the baptism of the prince.’
- 1.1informal Excellently; very well.‘I hope you are all doing splendidly’
- ‘His spokesman last week offered a splendidly frank admission.’
- ‘He did splendidly with the estate agent, securing a new photograph and a roadside sign.’
- ‘He was really looking splendidly fit, I have to say, in recent months.’
- ‘From then on, Dennis and I got along splendidly.’
- ‘I have it on good authority that you were behaving splendidly until mention of a certain gentleman.’
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