AskDefine | Define forthwith

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forthwith adv : without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening; "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!" [syn: immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, now, right away, at once, in real time, like a shot]

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  • 1885 — Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado
    So he decreed, in words succinct, That all who flirted, leered or winked (Unless connubially linked), Should forthwith be beheaded.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

PDQ, abruptly, all at once, all together, apace, at a blow, at a stroke, at once, at one blow, at one jump, at one stroke, at one swoop, at one time, away, decisively, directly, expeditiously, immediately, in a hurry, in no time, instanter, instantly, now, on the instant, on the spot, per saltum, pretty damned quick, promptly, pronto, quickly, right away, right now, right off, simultaneously, smartly, speedily, straightaway, straightway, subito, sudden, suddenly, summarily, swiftly, then and there, this minute, this very minute, uno saltu, with all speed, without delay, without further delay
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