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Definition immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
  • The judge ordered her release "forthwith."
forthwith = immediately
  • The resolution calls upon the country to "cease hostilities forthwith."
  • forthwith = immediately
  • A lane was forthwith opened through the crowd of spectators.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • forthwith = immediately
  • I set to work upon my preparations forthwith.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • forthwith = immediately
  • "I pray you," answered the minister, "if thou hast any means of pacifying the child, do it forthwith!"
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • forthwith = immediately
  • On my life, Hester, I made my intreaty to the worshipful magistrate that it might be done forthwith.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • forthwith = immediately
  • But she comes at a good time, and we will look into this matter forthwith.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • forthwith = immediately
  • As he spoke, he laid his long fore-finger on the scarlet letter, which forthwith seemed to scorch into Hester's breast, as if it had been red hot.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • forthwith = immediately
  • Then flinging the already written pages of the Election Sermon into the fire, he forthwith began another, which he wrote with such an impulsive flow of thought and emotion, that he fancied himself inspired; and only wondered that Heaven should see fit to transmit the grand and solemn music of its oracles through so foul an organ pipe as he.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • forthwith = immediately
  • They resolved forthwith to make a pilgrimage to Florida, and quaff at morning, noon, and night, from the Fountain of Youth.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
  • He warned the men that unless they produced Okonkwo forthwith he would lock them all up.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Hagrid, please tell the Heads of Houses — Slughorn can represent Slytherin — that I want to see them in my office forthwith.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • He went to Canada forthwith, and I have not since heard from him.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched With a woeful agony, Which forced me to begin my tale; And then it left me free.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge  --  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • There they stood, five altogether: the parson, the clerk, the couple, and Gillingham; and the holy ordinance was resolemnized forthwith.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The wagonette was paid off and ordered to return to Coombe Tracey forthwith, while we started to walk to Merripit House.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I decided to send his references to the Communist party for checking and forthwith named him for membership in the club.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Upon the same plea, he told me to bring my tools and clothing home forthwith.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • _ "Well, thank God," said I, "but pray let us weigh anchor forthwith.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Get you to bed on the instant; I will be returned forthwith: dismiss your attendant there: look't be done.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice

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