What is absolutely?
Many foreign words and terms were originally used only in scientific and book speech. Gradually, they firmly entered the spoken language and even supplanted Russian-language synonyms. It happened with the adverb "absolutely." Let's see what is absolutely, what is the origin of the word and in what cases it is appropriate to use it.
This word is of Latin origin (absolutus) and literally means “unconditional”, that is, it exists by itself, regardless of any conditions and circumstances. In modern Russian, this adverb has two basic, close in meaning meanings.
In the first meaning, the word "absolutely" and its derivatives are used in combination with scientific terms. Absolutely, therefore, without comparison, independently, of course, by itself. Most often not the adverb is used, but the single-root adjective “absolute”: absolute right, absolute zero, absolute truth, absolute monarchy, absolute temperature, etc.
In colloquial speech, the adverb “absolutely” is used in the meaning of “completely”, “completely”.Most often, to enhance any characteristics, combined with the adjective: absolutely calm weather, absolutely honest person.
- We sucked the wound with lumps of gauze, she appeared before me clean and completely incomprehensible (M. Bulgakov "Notes of the Young Doctor").
- I need absolutely healthy people (A. Belyaev, “Head of Professor Dowell).
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