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From worthy +‎ -ly.

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worthily (comparative more worthily, superlative most worthily)

  1. In a worthy manner.
    • 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene i], page 14:
      Then, as my gueſt, and thine ovvne acquiſition / VVorthily purchas'd, take my daughter []
    • 1880, Matthew Arnold, “The Study of Poetry”, in Essays in Criticism: Second Series, London; New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co. [], published November 1888, →OCLC, page 2:
      We should conceive of poetry worthily, and more highly than it has been the custom to conceive of it.
    • 1941 November, “Notes and News: The Centenary of Cook’s”, in Railway Magazine, page 513:
      This world-wide travel organisation recently attained its centenary, and under happier conditions than those prevailing at the present time the event would doubtless have been celebrated worthily.
    • 2004, Alexandre Dumas, “The Three Musketeers”, in Spark[1], Educational Publishing, page 5:
      [S]ustain worthily your name of gentleman, which has been worthily borne by your ancestors for five hundred years, both for your own sake and the sake of those who belong to you.

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