Definition of At heart

1. Adverb. In reality. "She is very kind at heart"

Definition of At heart

1. Adverb. (idiomatic) In spirit; according to one's beliefs, views or feelings; deep down, really, fundamentally ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of At Heart

at fault
at first
at first bluff
at first blush
at first glance
at first sight
at full speed
at full stretch
at full throttle
at full tilt
at gaze
at grade
at gunpoint
at hand
at hand(p)
at heart (current term)
at home
at issue
at issue(a)
at knifepoint
at large
at large(ip)
at large(p)
at last
at latter Lammas
at least
at leisure
at leisure(p)
at length
at liberty(p)

Literary usage of At heart

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Odyssey of Homer by Homer (1900)
"Thence we sailed onward stricken at heart, yet glad as men saved from death, albeit we had lost our dear companions. ..."

2. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"poet at heart as her brother, the Rev. James. ... A true and brave woman.— Li.vrox, WILLIAM JAMES, 1894. Threescore and Ten Years, p. 168. ..."

3. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"Thus, with despair at heart, I left them, and betook myself to bed. LXXVI No sooner had I got to bed, than I ordered my serving- maids to carry food and ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1887)
"At times severe pain at heart. CASE XXVIII.—Rose F., aged thirteen. Second attack in 1881. ... Has had pain at heart, and is at times short of breath. ..."

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