One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a way that expresses the truth; honestly.‘stories should be reported truthfully and accurately’‘it is a hard question for me to answer truthfully’
- ‘Journalists have an absolute right to write whatever they can report truthfully.’
- ‘This is not the kind of question one can answer truthfully to a child.’
- ‘She cried and truthfully told him she missed her family.’
- ‘Very few of us can truthfully claim knowledge of these fine works.’
- ‘Later, she would maintain - probably truthfully - that the marriage had never been consummated.’
- 1.1sentence adverb Used to emphasize the truthfulness or honesty of a statement.‘truthfully, I never liked any of 'em’
- ‘Mercifully, by the time The New Deal sauntered onstage, the crowd had ballooned - but truthfully, not by much.’
- ‘You know, truthfully, it's just something I fell into.’
- ‘I don't really think about it that much, truthfully.’
- ‘Truthfully picture quality varies from very good to rather poor depending on the scene.’
- ‘Truthfully, that was the fun part about movies - being able to train for things you always wanted to do.’
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