• WordNet 3.6
    • adj thoroughgoing performed comprehensively and completely "an exhaustive study","made a thorough search","thoroughgoing research"
    • adj thoroughgoing without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers "an arrant fool","a complete coward","a consummate fool","a double-dyed villain","gross negligence","a perfect idiot","pure folly","what a sodding mess","stark staring mad","a thoroughgoing villain","utter nonsense","the unadulterated truth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thoroughgoing Going all lengths; extreme; thoroughplaced; -- less common in this sense.
    • Thoroughgoing Going through, or to the end or bottom; very thorough; complete.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thoroughgoing Unqualified; out-and-out; thorough; complete.
    • thoroughgoing Synonyms See radical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Thoroughgoing going through or to the end: going all lengths: complete
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The longer form of through.


In literature:

Our Aupanishadas are thoroughgoing idealists.
"Hindu Gods And Heroes" by Lionel D. Barnett
To hold such an aim thoroughgoingly is to be positively Christian.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
We employed as solicitor a Mr. David Howell of 105 Cheapside, and a thoroughgoing, unprincipled rascal he proved to be.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Malthus was not a thoroughgoing supporter of the 'do-nothing' doctrine.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
This economic isolation of the United States was reflected in an equally thoroughgoing political isolation.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
The noble staircase remains, a good, thoroughgoing piece of carving of Bacchus and full casks; the house has gone.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
No country at any time has ever seen a political upheaval more sudden and more thoroughgoing.
"China, Japan and the U.S.A." by John Dewey
A thoroughgoing villain is better than a trembling saint.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
We are then living in a thoroughgoing democratic society.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
He might be getting himself in for a thoroughgoing scrape, which was not much to his liking.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick

In news:

Mayor Rudolph W Giuliani yesterday promised a thoroughgoing effort to root out corruption in the New York City Police Department.
The whole point of the Washington Times was to be the antonym of that damned liberal fishwrap across town, and a thoroughgoing contempt for "Posties" (as we called their staffers) was de rigeur in our newsroom.
A series of thoroughgoing historical examinations have challenged the idea that Nazi bureaucrats were ever simply following orders.

In science:

Multilevel models provide a principled framework, both for motivating such a thoroughgoing revision of current practice, and for guiding its detailed development.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
Quataert for an extremely constructive and thoroughgoing review. I am also grateful to T.
Viscous Shear Instability in Weakly Magnetized, Dilute Plasmas