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verily (VER-uh-lee) adverb

In truth, indeed, truly, certainly.

[From Middle English verraily, from verrai/verray (very), from Old French verai (true), from vulgar Latin veracus, from Latin verax (truthful).]

"He (Kenneth Kaunda) further said ... that he verily believes the detaining authority has no grounds or reasonable belief to detain him."
Amos Malupenga; My Safety is in Grave Danger, Says Kaunda; Post of Zambia (Lusaka); Dec 29, 1997.

"And verily did the chains fall off all manner of things which sorely needed chaining."
Verily Did the Chains Fall; The Australian (Sydney); Jun 6, 2000.

See more usage examples of verily in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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