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Dictionary definition for: Badly

1. (r) to a severe or serious degree; "fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated" "badly injured" "a severely impaired heart" "is gravely ill" "was seriously ill"

2. (r) (`ill" is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well; "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

3. (r) evilly or wickedly; "treated his parents badly" "to steal is to act badly"

4. (r) in a disobedient or naughty way; "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"

5. (r) with great intensity (`bad" is a nonstandard variant for "badly'') "the injury hurt badly" "the buildings were badly shaken" "it hurts bad" "we need water bad"

6. (r) very much; strongly; "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"

7. (r) without skill or in a displeasing manner; "she writes badly" "I think he paints very badly"

8. (r) in a disadvantageous way; to someone''s disadvantage; "the venture turned out badly for the investors" "angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them"

9. (r) unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of the dead" "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"

10. (r) with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display; "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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