Definition of singularly in US English:



  • 1In a remarkable or noticeable way.

    ‘you have singularly failed to live up to your promises’
    as submodifier ‘a singularly unattractive color’
    • ‘The first five minutes sent the warning to Kilmarnock which they singularly failed to heed.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this particular copper was singularly unhelpful, refusing to say a word.’
    • ‘Little surprise, then, that yesterday's scoreless draw at Craven Cottage singularly failed to live up to its billing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Under his scrutiny Africa in particular is prone to dissolving in a singularly powerful mood of menace, fear, and disgust.’
    • ‘At first we were much puzzled as to the origin and constitution of this extraordinary race, points upon which they were singularly uncommunicative.’
    • ‘The Sunday lunchtime roast is accompanied by live jazz: a singularly soporific treat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The hunger for mainland technology stocks reflects the cold reality that alternative investments in the United States look singularly unattractive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite natural disasters, despite environmental anxieties, despite the dangers from terrorists, we live in singularly fortunate times.’
    • ‘‘I singularly failed to get an education,’ he says.’
    • ‘He is an extraordinary man from singularly outstanding origins.’
    • ‘In fact, once noticed, it seems singularly ubiquitous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can seem crusty, Eighties phenomena who have singularly failed to get out of their pinstripes, Jermyn Street shirts and carefully-knotted ties.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 hid me one night in the flat of this sweet old lady, and she showed me photographs of some singularly unattractive children.’
    • ‘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?’
    remarkably, extraordinarily, exceptionally, very, extremely, really, outstandingly, strikingly, signally, eminently, especially, particularly, incredibly, awfully, terribly, decidedly, supremely, peculiarly, distinctly, conspicuously
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    1. 1.1 In a strange or eccentric way.
      ‘Charlotte thought her very singularly dressed’
      • ‘Charlotte thought her very strange-looking and singularly dressed.’
      • ‘I think there is something singularly distinctive about the Irish psyche.’