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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pointedly
adverb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ VERB
ask
▪ In his comments Thursday, Cerpa pointedly asked that visits be reinstated.
look
▪ She looked pointedly at Fiona as she spoke.
▪ What language, he asked, looking pointedly into her eyes, did she love in?
say
▪ When Clinton won re-election, senior Republicans pointedly said Clinton had to take the first step on any Medicare proposals.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Miss Phillips looked at the clock pointedly and I realized that it was time for me to leave.
▪ The shopkeeper made a rude comment about shoplifters and looked pointedly at the boy standing next to me.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Even more pointedly, they argue that dealing with one client may increase the burden on others in equal need.
▪ Grout turned away, straightened his back and brought his head up, ignoring Ashton pointedly as he walked proudly away.
▪ Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican National Committee, pointedly refused last week to rule out using the tape in commercials.
▪ In his comments Thursday, Cerpa pointedly asked that visits be reinstated.
▪ What language, he asked, looking pointedly into her eyes, did she love in?
▪ When Clinton won re-election, senior Republicans pointedly said Clinton had to take the first step on any Medicare proposals.
▪ While both players attended the ceremony, they pointedly sat on opposite sides of the hall.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pointedly

Pointed \Point"ed\, a.

  1. Sharp; having a sharp point; as, a pointed rock.

  2. Characterized by sharpness, directness, or pithiness of expression; terse; epigrammatic; especially, directed to a particular person or thing.

    His moral pleases, not his pointed wit.
    --Pope.

    Pointed arch (Arch.), an arch with a pointed crown.

    Pointed style (Arch.), a name given to that style of architecture in which the pointed arch is the predominant feature; -- more commonly called Gothic. [1913 Webster] -- Point"ed*ly, adv. -- Point"ed*ness, n.

Wiktionary
pointedly

adv. 1 explicitly; with emphasis; so as to make a point, especially with criticism 2 (context obsolete English) wittily or pithily

WordNet
pointedly

adv. in such a manner as to make something clearly evident; "he pointedly ignored the question"

Usage examples of "pointedly".

The landlord darkened noticeably at this, and Alec gave Seregil a startled glance, which he pointedly ignored.

Still smoldering, Alec sketched a terse description of the Ring, pointedly including the ambushers, then moved on to the procession at the Sea Market.

For answer Bim left his seat, ran to the bow of the boat, uttered a short bark, and fixed his gaze pointedly down-stream.

She turned and leaned her back against the bar as Bosco poured a second shot, and Finn watched her stare back pointedly at the curious onlookers.

Nahseer glanced pointedly back the way he bad come, and Cawl, too, turned his head.

Briefly, putting two and two together, six sixteen which he pointedly turned a deaf ear to, Antonio and so forth, jockeys and esthetes and the tattoo which was all the go in the seventies or thereabouts even in the house of lords because early in life the occupant of the throne, then heir apparent, the other members of the upper ten and other high personages simply following in the footsteps of the head of the state, he reflected about the errors of notorieties and crowned heads running counter to morality such as the Cornwall case a number of years before under their veneer in a way scarcely intended by nature, a thing good Mrs Grundy, as the law stands, was terribly down on though not for the reason they thought they were probably whatever it was except women chiefly who were always fiddling more or less at one another it being largely a matter of dress and all the rest of it.

The giff sat stiffly, his massive head held high, eyes pointedly staring at the wreckage.

The big Gur smiled back at their fixed scowls and pointedly kept his mouth closed.

Familiar hopped onto the chair beside Harad and looked pointedly at the dish of fresh butter.

Possibly the quaint lines which nurses have long been given to repeat for the amusement of babies while fondling their infantine fingers bear a hidden meaning which pointedly imports the scrofulous taint.

Jackman once when one weaved down the fastlane and Jackman, always the stickler for adherence to the laws, had pointedly ignored it.

When Shaye once came for help to feed the family while Sonia was hi prison, Khaya pointedly refused to participate.

We were soon in a spacious entrance hall, at a desk, with Krone once more presenting our documents to a guard, who pointedly compared the photographs with our faces.

Warmaster Robalii Rikka, now ambassador from the Star Union of Crucis to the Terran Federation, the Khanate of Orion and the Ophiuchi Association, shot back rather pointedly.

Frame houses alongside the road showed lights here and there as someone prepared for an early fishing trip or, more unluckily, for early work, Sooly turned on the radio, pointedly ignoring the flying saucer.