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picturesque +‎ -ly

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picturesquely (comparative more picturesquely, superlative most picturesquely)

  1. In a picturesque manner.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, translated by H.L. Brækstad, Folk and Fairy Tales, page 279:
      The red-painted farm-houses, peculiar to Norway, lay picturesquely scattered on the higher points of the undulating valley, where men and women were busy hay-making.
    • 1954: Gilbert Ryle, Dilemmas: The Tarner Lectures, 1953, dilemma vii: Perception, page 99 (The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press)
      An athlete might picturesquely lament that his ankle had betrayed him or that his wrist had gone on strike; and if such modes of speech acquired a wide vogue, we might now and then fall into the trap of supposing that we and our limbs are related in the way in which employers are related to their employees. We might start to talk seriously of cricketers being well advised to dismiss their limbs and to try to get on without them.

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