From Middle English truely, treuly, treuli, trewely, treoweliche, treowliche, from Old English trēowlīċe (“faithfully; truly”), equivalent to true + -ly. Cognate with Dutch trouwelijk, Middle Low German truwlike, German treulich, Swedish trolig, Icelandic trygglega.
- (manner) In accordance with the facts; truthfully, accurately.
- 1946, Bertrand Russell, chapter I, in History of Western Philosophy, page 27:
- He adds, very truly, that what was fatal to such philosophies as his was not Christianity but the Copernican theory.
- (modal) Honestly, genuinely, in fact, really.
- That is truly all I know.
- Truly, that is all I know.
- (degree) Very.
- You are truly silly.
- (truthfully, accurately): frankly, sincerely; see also Thesaurus:honestly
- (in fact, really): in point of fact, literally; see also Thesaurus:actually
- (very): extremely, exceedingly; see also Thesaurus:very