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large•ly

adv. 1. For the most part; mainly

2. On a large scale; amply.

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large•ly (ˈlɑrdʒ li)

adv.

1. to a great extent; in great part; generally; chiefly.

2. in great quantity; much.

[1175–1225]

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writ large

OED

penned, recorded, or exhibited in large or prominent characters. Chiefly in fig. use. c1645 MILTON Sonn., On new Forcers Consc. 20 New Presbyter is but Old Priest writ Large.  1868 FARRAR Silence & V. iii. (1875) 56 Let us look beyond them, and see it writ large upon the history of nations. 1877 L. MORRIS Epic Hades II. 117 That my life…Was but a tale Writ large by Zeus.

Merriam-Webster

on a larger scale or in a more prominent manner: “the problems of modern totalitarianism are only our own problems writ large” — Times Literary Supplement

American Heritage

signified, expressed, or embodied in a greater or more prominent magnitude or degree: “The man was no more than the boy writ large” – George Eliot.

The Old English verb “to write” is writan, from a Germanic root *writ- that derives from an Indo-European root *wreid- meaning “to cut, scratch, tear, sketch an outline.” German still retains this meaning in its cognate verb reissen, “to tear.” Only Old English employed writan to refer to writing, that is, scratching on parchment with a pen. English shows a similar contrariness in its verb read, being almost the only western European language not to derive its verb for that concept from Latin legere.

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writ1

n. 

1. a. a sealed document, issued in the name of a court, government, sovereign, etc., directing an officer or official to do or refrain from doing some specified act.

b. (in early English law) any formal document in letter form, under seal, and in the sovereign’s name.

2. something written; a writing: sacred writ.

[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old High German riz stroke, Old Norse rit writing, Gothic writs serif; akin to write]

writ2

v. Archaic.

a pt. and pp. of write

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