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Definition of Scarcely


  1. With difficulty; hardly; scantly; barely; but just.
  2. Frugally; penuriously.

Scarcely Quotations

The relationship between parents and children, but especially between mothers and daughters, is tremendously powerful, scarcely to be comprehended in any rational way.
Joyce Carol Oates

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.
Charles Dickens

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
Virginia Woolf

Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray.
Jean Paul

Rations were scarcely issued, and the men about preparing supper, when rumors that the enemy had been encountered that day near Gettysburg absorbed every other interest, and very soon orders came to march forthwith to Gettysburg.
Joshua Chamberlain
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Scarcely Translations

scarcely in Afrikaans is skaars
scarcely in Dutch is kwalijk, amper, nauwelijks
scarcely in Finnish is tuskin
scarcely in French is concise
scarcely in German is knappe, knapp
scarcely in Hungarian is bajosan
scarcely in Italian is paggio, appena
scarcely in Latin is aegre egre (adv.), vix
scarcely in Portuguese is apenas, mal
scarcely in Spanish is apenas, escasamente
scarcely in Swedish is knappt, knappast
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