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Wordnet 3.0

ADVERB (10)

1. to a severe or serious degree;
- Example: "fingers so badly frozen they had to be amputated"
- Example: "badly injured"
- Example: "a severely impaired heart"
- Example: "is gravely ill"
- Example: "was seriously ill"
[syn: badly, severely, gravely, seriously]

2. (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well;
- Example: "he was ill prepared"
- Example: "it ill befits a man to betray old friends"
- Example: "the car runs badly"
- Example: "he performed badly on the exam"
- Example: "the team played poorly"
- Example: "ill-fitting clothes"
- Example: "an ill-conceived plan"
[syn: ill, badly, poorly]

3. evilly or wickedly;
- Example: "treated his parents badly"
- Example: "to steal is to act badly"

4. in a disobedient or naughty way;
- Example: "he behaved badly in school"
- Example: "he mischievously looked for a chance to embarrass his sister"
- Example: "behaved naughtily when they had guests and was sent to his room"
[syn: badly, mischievously, naughtily]

5. with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly');
- Example: "the injury hurt badly"
- Example: "the buildings were badly shaken"
- Example: "it hurts bad"
- Example: "we need water bad"
[syn: badly, bad]

6. very much; strongly;
- Example: "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"
- Example: "the cables had sagged badly"
- Example: "they were badly in need of help"
- Example: "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"
[syn: badly, bad]

7. without skill or in a displeasing manner;
- Example: "she writes badly"
- Example: "I think he paints very badly"

8. in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage;
- Example: "the venture turned out badly for the investors"
- Example: "angry that the case was settled disadvantageously for them"
[syn: badly, disadvantageously]

9. unfavorably or with disapproval;
- Example: "tried not to speak ill of the dead"
- Example: "thought badly of him for his lack of concern"
[syn: ill, badly]

10. with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display;
- Example: "they took their defeat badly"
- Example: "took her father's death badly"
- Example: "conducted himself very badly at the time of the earthquake"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Badly \Bad"ly\, adv. In a bad manner; poorly; not well; unskillfully; imperfectly; unfortunately; grievously; so as to cause harm; disagreeably; seriously. [1913 Webster] Note: Badly is often used colloquially for very much or very greatly, with words signifying to want or need. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

badly adv 1: 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" [syn: badly, severely, gravely, seriously] 2: (`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-fitting clothes"; "an ill-conceived plan" [syn: ill, badly, poorly] [ant: good, well] 3: evilly or wickedly; "treated his parents badly"; "to steal is to act badly" 4: 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" [syn: badly, mischievously, naughtily] 5: 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" [syn: badly, bad] 6: 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" [syn: badly, bad] 7: without skill or in a displeasing manner; "she writes badly"; "I think he paints very badly" [ant: well] 8: 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" [syn: badly, disadvantageously] [ant: advantageously, well] 9: unfavorably or with disapproval; "tried not to speak ill of the dead"; "thought badly of him for his lack of concern" [syn: ill, badly] [ant: well] 10: 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" [ant: well]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

55 Moby Thesaurus words for "badly": afield, amiss, astray, atrociously, awfully, awry, carelessly, critically, cruelly, damagingly, dangerously, defectively, deficiently, distressfully, dreadfully, emotionally, erroneously, faultily, gravely, greatly, grievously, hard, hardly, harshly, horribly, improperly, inaccurately, inadequately, inartistically, incorrectly, ineptly, insufficiently, mischievously, painfully, poorly, roughly, seriously, severely, shamefully, shoddily, unacceptably, unfavorably, unfortunately, unkindly, unluckily, unsatisfactorily, unspeakably, unsuccessfully, very much, viciously, vigorously, villainously, wickedly, wretchedly, wrong