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Really vs. Seriously — What's the Difference?

Really vs. Seriously — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Really and Seriously

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Really

In actual truth or fact
There isn't really a lake there.
It's just a mirage.
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Seriously

Thoughtful, somber, or grave in manner
He became serious when he was asked about the economy.
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Really

To a great degree; very much
I would really like to meet your sister.
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Seriously

Not joking or trifling
I was serious when I said I liked your haircut.
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Really

Very; utterly
That was a really enjoyable evening.
May 12, 2018
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Seriously

Deeply interested or involved
A serious golfer.
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Really

Without a doubt; indeed
Really, I don't want more dessert.
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Seriously

Meriting great concern
A serious illness.
A serious mistake.
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Really

Used to express surprise, skepticism, displeasure, or interest
"I've been reading her diary." "Really?".
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Seriously

Performed with careful thought
A serious effort to reform tax policy.
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Really

(literal) In a way or manner that is real, not unreal.
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Seriously

Pertaining to important rather than trivial matters
A serious discussion.
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Really

(modal) Actually; in fact; in reality.
"He really is a true friend." / "Really? What makes you so sure?"
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Seriously

Sincerely meant
Mistook a sarcastic comment for a serious question.
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Really

Very (modifying an adjective); very much (modifying a verb).
But ma, I really, really want to go to the show!
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Seriously

Intended for sophisticated people
Serious music.
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Really

Indicating surprise at, or requesting confirmation of, some new information; to express skepticism.
A: He won the Nobel Prize yesterday.
B: Really?
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Seriously

(Informal) Of considerable size or scope; substantial
A serious amount of money.
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Really

Indicating that what was just said was obvious and unnecessary; contrived incredulity
A: I've just been reading Shakespeare - he's one of the best authors like, ever!
B: Really.
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Seriously

(manner) In a serious or literal manner.
He was hoping that we would take him seriously.
Jimmy jokingly called Bob a doofus. Bob took the insult seriously.
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Really

Indicating affirmation, agreement.
A: That girl talks about herself way too much.
B: Really. She's a nightmare.
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Seriously

Gravely; deeply; very much.
That was a seriously unpleasant thing to say.
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Really

Indicating displeasure at another person's behaviour or statement.
Well, really! How rude.
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Seriously

Used to attempt to introduce a serious point in a less serious conversation.
Now, seriously, why did you forget to feed the cat today?
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Really

Royally.
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Seriously

Used to call back to a previous point, in disbelief or for emphasis.
You baked 10 cakes. Seriously, why did you do that?
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Really

In a real manner; with or in reality; actually; in truth.
Whose anger is really but a short fit of madness.
Why, really, sixty-five is somewhat old.
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Seriously

(informal) In an extreme or major way; majorly
Unless you're seriously strapped (armed), you're about to be not okay too.
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Really

In accordance with truth or fact or reality;
She was now truly American
A genuinely open society
They don't really listen to us
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Seriously

In a serious manner;
Talking earnestly with his son
She started studying snakes in earnest
A play dealing seriously with the question of divorce
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Really

In actual fact;
To be nominally but not actually independent
No one actually saw the shark
Large meteorites actually come from the asteroid belt
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Seriously

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
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Really

In fact (used as intensifiers or sentence modifiers);
In truth, moral decay hastened the decline of the Roman Empire
Really, you shouldn't have done it
A truly awful book
May 12, 2018

Really

Used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal;
She was very gifted
He played very well
A really enjoyable evening
I'm real sorry about it
A rattling good yarn
May 12, 2018

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