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1. Eager or ambitious to equal or surpass another.
2. Characterized or prompted by a spirit of rivalry.
3. Obsolete Covetous of power or honor; envious.

[From Latin aemulus; see aim- in Indo-European roots.]

em′u·lous·ly adv.
em′u·lous·ness n.
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Adv.1.emulously - in a competitively imitative manner; "she emulously tried to outdo her older sister"
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The inhabitants were all doing well, it seemed and all emulously hoping to do better still, and laying out the surplus of their grains in coquetry; so that the shop fronts stood along that thoroughfare with an air of invitation, like rows of smiling saleswomen.
He engages emulously with a tradition of English Protestant disquiet over the nature of art's relation to the sacred, focusing on Herbert; he is agonistic in his ostensibly submissive dealings with the victorious Christ and Logos.
It is a question, rather, of a daily phenomenon (and these notes have no other goal than to localize, describe, and emphasize this phenomenon) experienced emulously, the whole duration of the narrative effort, in effects of uneasiness, of reticence, of inability to "push" the narrative attempt beyond an instant of inscription that the hand reaches out imperatively to retain, to block, to divide, to close, to drown in a white blankness.