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The suffix is hyphenated to better distinguish the literal-meaning adverb from the intensifier really.


real-ly (comparative more real-ly, superlative most real-ly)

  1. Alternative form of really (in a way or manner that is real, not unreal)
    • 1892, in The Philosophical Review, volume I, number 5, page 541:
      If it did, there would be no distinction between real and unreal, between what is 'real-ly' presented and 'merely imagined,' between the self and the world, and there would be no such thing as thought.