Definition of hotly in US English:



  • In a passionate, excited, or angry way.

    ‘the rumors were hotly denied’
    ‘hotly debated issues’
    • ‘It was the only way I could protect myself from the burning of the passion that burns so hotly in them.’
    • ‘Immigration reform has been one of the hotly debated issues on the campaign trail.’
    • ‘However, this was hotly denied by a convenor of referees who declined to be named for fear of victimisation.’
    • ‘It was the most hotly debated issue in the committee and will be again on Thursday and Friday.’
    • ‘Kenyans are currently hotly debating the issue following the launch of a project to design a national costume for the country.’
    • ‘Solicitors and estate agents hotly deny the systematic underpricing of property in order to ramp up interest.’
    • ‘The ship has made headlines for a number of reasons this year, including hotly denied allegations of slave labour.’
    • ‘A fourth element is patients' demand for surgical delivery, a hotly debated issue, especially in Brazil.’
    • ‘One of the most hotly debated questions in the literature is that of the appropriate price specification.’
    • ‘Much of the real reason for anti-Americanism of this type - though it will be hotly denied - is nothing more than envy.’
    • ‘The argument over using animal hide for designer clothes continues to be a hotly debated subject the world over.’
    • ‘She said she expects this issue to be hotly debated over the fall semester.’
    • ‘One of the most hotly debated issues is whether or not a Yoga teacher should be a vegan and by extension animal rights.’
    • ‘The effect of political liberalization on performance is a hotly debated issue as well.’
    • ‘Another hotly disputed issue that has been well publicised is the council's role in planning applications.’
    • ‘These issues are hotly debated in the platforms of political parties.’
    • ‘This is a hotly disputed issue today where the REPS have very tight controls on even hedge cutting in spring especially.’
    • ‘But the good woman lived, and the doctor accused her of foul play, which she hotly denied.’
    • ‘One of the most hotly disputed issues in Newry and Mourne over the past few years has been the matter of the wall at Crieve Court.’
    • ‘Either he will hotly deny the accusation, or he will attempt to justify his disdain for or hatred of women.’
    vehemently, vigorously, strenuously, fiercely, passionately, heatedly, with a vengeance
    closely, swiftly, quickly, hotfoot, without delay
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