Definition of wholly in English:

wholly

adverb

  • Entirely; fully.

    ‘she found herself given over wholly to sensation’
    as submodifier ‘the distinction is not wholly clear’
    • ‘Trial by jury is the most fundamental of our civil liberties and eroding it is wholly unjustified.’
    • ‘The power of the written word is certainly mighty, even when the words are wholly inaccurate.’
    • ‘Both of them quit wholly or partly in protest at married Dean Methuen's management style.’
    • ‘This one is a messy divorce and one due undoubtedly to wholly irreconcilable differences.’
    • ‘Rarely can one person have held the outcome of a political crisis quite so wholly in his own hands.’
    • ‘To judge by his later paintings, the house may not have been wholly reputable.’
    • ‘He assumed the officer was the stripper and made wholly inappropriate remarks.’
    • ‘A wholly unusual and uncommercial film, it was a spectacular failure upon release.’
    • ‘Nicola said she wasn't scared by the prospect of being thrust into a wholly foreign lifestyle.’
    • ‘Moore is also one of those players whose goalscoring instinct relies wholly on confidence.’
    • ‘It's wholly and completely accurate to the original and entirely satisfying to me.’
    • ‘His team have played four league games since and haven't been wholly comfortable in any of them.’
    • ‘The walk is almost wholly on level tracks and paths, with a very short stretch along the Barbon road.’
    • ‘They lack real flavour, and any lingering aftertaste is probably wholly artificial.’
    • ‘Nothing and no one is ever wholly good nor wholly bad, whatever we may think.’
    • ‘He seemed determined to justify a course of action which seemed wholly disproportionate.’
    • ‘Paying a gas bill or checking a credit card balance can now be a wholly automated process, for example.’
    • ‘An Abbey National spokeswoman told me unequivocally that the story was wholly untrue.’
    • ‘The intended victims were wholly innocent, mainly young people enjoying a night out.’
    • ‘Why not create a wholly fictitious second character, and see how accurate his profile would be?’
    completely, totally, absolutely, entirely, fully, thoroughly, utterly, quite, perfectly, altogether, downright, without qualification, without reservation, unreservedly, in every respect, in all respects, unconditionally, unconstrainedly, unrestrictedly, consummately, undisputedly, unmitigatedly, wholeheartedly, radically, stark, just, to the hilt, all the way, to the maximum extent
    exclusively, only, solely, purely, simply, merely, alone, to the exclusion of everyone else, to the exclusion of everything else
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Origin

Middle English: probably already in Old English (see whole, -ly).

Pronunciation

wholly

/ˈhōl(l)ē//ˈhoʊl(l)i/