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    badly - Dictionary definition and meaning for word badly

    Definition
    (adv) to a severe or serious degree
    Synonyms : gravely , seriously , severely
    Example Sentence
    • fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated
    • badly injured
    • a severely impaired heart
    • is gravely ill
    • was seriously ill
    Definition
    (adv) (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
    Synonyms : ill , poorly
    Example Sentence
    • he was ill prepared
    • it ill befits a man to betray old friends
    • the car runs badly
    • he performed badly on the exam
    • the team played poorly
    • ill-fitting clothes
    • an ill-conceived plan
    Definition
    (adv) evilly or wickedly
    Example Sentence
    • treated his parents badly
    • to steal is to act badly
    Definition
    (adv) in a disobedient or naughty way
    Synonyms : mischievously , naughtily
    Example Sentence
    • he behaved badly in school
    • he mischievously looked for a chance to embarrass his sister
    • behaved naughtily when they had guests and was sent to his room
    Definition
    (adv) with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')
    Synonyms : bad
    Example Sentence
    • the injury hurt badly
    • the buildings were badly shaken
    • it hurts bad
    • we need water bad
    Definition
    (adv) very much; strongly
    Synonyms : bad
    Example Sentence
    • I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it
    • the cables had sagged badly
    • they were badly in need of help
    • he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it
    Definition
    (adv) without skill or in a displeasing manner
    Example Sentence
    • she writes badly
    • I think he paints very badly
    Definition
    (adv) in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage
    Synonyms : disadvantageously
    Example Sentence
    • the venture turned out badly for the investors
    • angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them
    Definition
    (adv) unfavorably or with disapproval
    Synonyms : ill
    Example Sentence
    • tried not to speak ill of the dead
    • thought badly of him for his lack of concern
    Definition
    (adv) with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display
    Example Sentence
    • they took their defeat badly
    • took her father's death badly
    • conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake
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