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From son +‎ -ly. Compare Dutch zoonlijk, German söhnlich.


sonly (not comparable)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a son.
    • 2003, Calvin Miller, A Hunger for the Holy:
      There's something sonly in each human being; but how well he hides it, and how unskillful we are at finding it! This "something sonly" is the vacuum of our hearts — a yearning emptiness that strains to be filled with Christ.
    • 2008, Rik Van Nieuwenhove, Rob Faesen, H. Rolfson, Late Medieval Mysticism of the Low Countries:
      And also, if the Father were not the Father, then the Son would not have his sonly name.