(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adv. surely, indeed, truly, honestly, certainly, positively, absolutely; very, emphatically; genuinely, actually. See truth.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [In fact]
Syn. actually, in reality, indeed, genuinely, certainly, surely, absolutely, in effect, positively, veritably, authentically, as a matter of fact, in point of fact, in actuality, upon my honor, legitimately, precisely, literally, indubitably, unmistakably, undoubtedly, categorically, I assure you, I'll answer for it, be assured, believe me, of course, honestly, truly, admittedly, nothing else but, beyond a doubt, unquestionably, as sure as you're alive*, no buts about it*, without the shadow of a doubt*, you said it*, you bet*.
2. [To a remarkable degree]
Syn. surprisingly, remarkably, extraordinarily, especially; see very .
Syn. indeed? honestly? for a fact? yes? is that so? what? are you sure? no fooling? no kidding?* cross your heart and hope to die?* on your honor?* you don't say?* the deuce you say!* blow me down!* ain't it the truth?* you said it!* do tell?*
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) adv.
truly, honestly, in fact, certainly, surely, literally, indeed, verily.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adverb 1. In point of fact: actually, indeed. See REAL, TRUE. 2. In truth: actually, fairly, genuinely, indeed, positively, truly, truthfully, verily. Idiom: for fair. See REAL, TRUE.

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