Certainly vs Truly - What's the difference?

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Certainly is a related term of truly.

As adverbs the difference between certainly and truly

is that certainly is in a way which is certain; with certainty while truly is in accordance with the facts; truthfully, accurately.




(en adverb)
  • In a way which is certain; with certainty.
  • *, I.iii.2.2:
  • *:he verily thought he had young live frogs in his belly, qui vivebant ex alimento suo , that lived by his nourishment, and was so certainly persuaded of it, that for many years following he could not be rectified in his conceit.
  • Without doubt, surely.
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  • *:So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
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  • An emphatic affirmative answer; of course.
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  • Synonyms

    * absolutely, beyond doubt, indubitably, sure thing, undoubtedly, wis, without a doubt

    Coordinate terms

    * maybe, possibly, arguably, questionably, probably, perhaps

    Derived terms

    * most certainly


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  • In accordance with the facts; truthfully, accurately.
  • * 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.27:
  • He adds, very truly , that what was fatal to such philosophies as his was not Christianity but the Copernican theory.
  • Honestly, genuinely, in fact, really.
  • That is truly all I know.
    Truly , that is all I know.
  • Very.
  • You are truly silly.

    Derived terms

    * well and truly