[ US /ˈhoʊɫi/ ]
[ UK /hˈə‍ʊli/ ]
  1. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
    he was wholly convinced
    the directions were all wrong
    she felt right at home
    it was not altogether her fault
    an altogether new approach
    he fell right into the trap
    entirely satisfied with the meal
    a whole new idea
    it was completely different from what we expected
    a totally new situation
    was completely at fault
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How To Use wholly In A Sentence

  • In any event, when making a case against the indivisibility of Sinitic, it is not necessary to rebut each of these "common" features individually, since they are largely or wholly extralinguistic. Language Log
  • That I did not drop it into a cageful of terrier-pups was wholly due to the native vigour with which _Striatus_ hung on. Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-02-04
  • Prayer, and receive the Sacrament every day; because they do not subject and submit themselves wholly and entirely to him that hath Light, nor deny and conquer themselves, nor give up themselves totally to God, with a perfect divesting and disinteresting of themselves: In a word, till the Soul be purified in the Fire of Inward Pain, it will never get to a State of The spiritual guide which disentangles the soul / by Michael de Molinos ; edited with an introduction by Kathleen Lyttelton and a note by H. Scott Holland.
  • They are wholly unfitted, by temperament and training, for the cut-throat, hard-nosed commercial environment in which they now find themselves.
  • He spoke of something wholly divine and uncreated in the human soul.
  • The term highlights the assumption that individuals act within a social context, that this context is not reducible to individual acts, and, most significantly, that the social context is not necessarily or wholly imposed. THE MORAL DIMENSION
  • He scratched imprecisely with his right hand, though insensible of prurition, various points and surfaces of his partly exposed, wholly abluted skin. Ulysses
  • What a charming possession of himself, that he could be in such a brangle, as I may call it, and which might have had fatal consequences; yet be so wholly, and so soon, divested of the subject; and so infinitely agreeable upon half a score others, as they offered from one or other as we sat at tea! Sir Charles Grandison
  • The economics of postage and packing may mean that discount retailing remains largely, if not wholly, a bricks rather than clicks activity. Times, Sunday Times
  • It's nominally a documentary, but not necessarily a wholly truthful one.
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