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1. Having wide-ranging influence or effect: sweeping changes.
2. Moving in or as if in a wide curve: a sweeping gesture; a sweeping glance.
3. Indiscriminate; wholesale: sweeping generalizations.
4. Overwhelming; complete: a sweeping victory.
1. The action of one that sweeps.
2. sweepings Things swept up; refuse.

sweep′ing·ly adv.
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Adv.1.sweepingly - in a sweeping manner; "he sweepingly condemned the entire population of the country for the war crimes"


adv gestureschwungvoll; speakverallgemeinernd; condemnin Bausch und Bogen
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Unable to come to terms with any failure as he pieced together his career, after a bad day at the races this shy, whispering champion could become a sweepingly repulsive Mr Nasty.
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Postmodernists may sweepingly claim, with Jacques Derrida, that `there is nothing outside the text'.
It is sweepingly revisionist and has little interest in aesthetic matters.