One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1as submodifier To a great degree; extremely.‘the show went unbelievably well’‘I feel unbelievably tired’
- ‘Now over 60 years old, the movie still looks unbelievably good.’
- ‘One lingering shot of his unbelievably expressive face is enough.’
- ‘I make absolutely no apology for enthusing about the trip, which was even more successful, unbelievably so, than the first.’
- ‘The statement bears repeating because it's so unbelievably stupid.’
- ‘He is also an intensely angry, unbelievably evil man.’
2sentence adverb Used to introduce a statement that is hard to believe.‘unbelievably, all this is yours for 50p’
- ‘I stopped dead in my tracks as, unbelievably, two artist friends' works had been ripped off at once.’
- ‘The album is now getting (unbelievably) its first unveiling in North America.’
- ‘He was submerged in the water of the Dalton swimming pool where, unbelievably, he stayed for an hour.’
- ‘Those people, unbelievably, are also losing weight.’
- ‘Unbelievably, one of the most gifted players in history, Di Stefano never participated in a World Cup.’
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