chiefly

[Chief┬Ěly]

Use the adverb chiefly to mean "mostly" or "primarily." You could say your history class is chiefly focused on 18th century American history if all your teacher wants to talk about is the American Revolution.

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In the first place; principally; pre'89minently; above; especially.

Adverb
for the most part; "he is mainly interested in butterflies"


adv.
In the first place; principally; preeminently; above; especially.

adv.
For the most part; mostly.


Chiefly

Chief"ly , adv. 1. In the first place; principally; pre'89minently; above; especially.
Search through this garden; leave unsearched no nook; But chiefly where those two fair creatures lodge.
2. For the most part; mostly.
Those parts of the kingdom where the . . . estates of the dissenters chiefly lay.

In the first place; principally; pre'89minently; above; especially.

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Usage Examples

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.

Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.

I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.

Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.

In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there.

First I shall name the eagle, of which there are three species: the great grey eagle is the largest, of great strength and high flight he chiefly preys on fawns and other young quadrupeds.

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.

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