Au fond



at bottom or to the bottom; thoroughly; in reality; fundamentally.
Historical Examples

She’s not a bad little thing, au fond, when you get to know her.
Hilda Wade Grant Allen

For, notwithstanding his careless manner, he was au fond a conventional soul.
Who? Elizabeth Kent

Society is au fond republican, and is apt to resent autocracy, even the autocracy of genius, when it takes the form of monologue.
The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason

Yet au fond Katherine did not really care even for the very very best.
The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick

au fond, the typical Englishman likes best a joke that has a savour of the “practical” in it.
England Frank Fox

Assis au fond d’un vieux fauteuil, large comme une gurite, il se leva pour recevoir son visiteur.
Le chteau des Carpathes Jules Verne

Once intimate with Leighton, he was ever found to be au fond English of the English.
The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton Mrs. Russell Barrington

He expressed it as his intention to attack most vigorously (au fond), and asked for my best support, which I promised to give.
1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres

“au fond de la cour, troisieme a gauche,” said the concierge.
Simon the Jester William J. Locke

It appears from the next paragraph, that the thermometer was “au fond du lac.”
Modern Painters Vol. III. John Ruskin

adverb
fundamentally; essentially

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