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n. pl. sum·ma·ries
1. A brief statement mentioning the main points of something: a summary of our findings.
2. Prose that provides information in a condensed format, as by mentioning only the most significant details of a narrative: The novelist did not like writing dialogue and preferred to write stories in summary.
1. Presenting the substance in a condensed form; concise: a summary review.
2. Performed speedily and without ceremony: summary justice; a summary rejection.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin summārius, of or concerning the sum, from Latin summa, sum; see sum.]

sum·mar′i·ly (sə-mĕr′ə-lē) adv.
sum′ma·ri·ness n.


(səˈmɛər ə li)

1. in a prompt or direct manner; immediately; straightaway.
2. without notice: to be dismissed summarily.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.summarily - without delay; in a summary manner; "the suspected spy was summarily executed"


adverb immediately, promptly, swiftly, on the spot, speedily, without delay, arbitrarily, at short notice, forthwith, expeditiously, peremptorily, without wasting words Several detainees had been summarily executed.


[ˈsʌmərɪlɪ] ADV [execute, dismiss, shoot] → sumariamente


adv (= briefly)knapp, kurz gefasst; (= fast, without ceremony)kurz und bündig, ohne viel Federlesen(s); (Jur) punish, trysummarisch; readflüchtig, kursorisch (geh); executeunverzüglich, auf der Stelle


[ˈsʌmərɪlɪ] advsommariamente
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The commandant has issued an order, which is posted everywhere, declaring that any civilian caught interfering with the railroad, its bridges, tunnels, or trains will be summarily hanged.
In Ionia and the islands the epic poets followed the Homeric tradition, singing of romantic subjects in the now stereotyped heroic style, and showing originality only in their choice of legends hitherto neglected or summarily and imperfectly treated.
But despite the providential loneliness of the road, there were one or two terrors that could not be disposed of so summarily. The worst of all was a heavy miller's cart which one could hardly crush to silence in one's handkerchief; but it went so slowly, and both man and horses were so sleepy, that they passed unheard and unnoticing.
Not that I should be disposed to recommend (at present) the extreme measures adopted by some States, where an infant whose angle deviates by half a degree from the correct angularity is summarily destroyed at birth.
I did not even choose to dismiss summarily any of the opinions that had crept into my belief without having been introduced by reason, but first of all took sufficient time carefully to satisfy myself of the general nature of the task I was setting myself, and ascertain the true method by which to arrive at the knowledge of whatever lay within the compass of my powers.
Nothing would do but that the ape-man should occupy the best hut in the village, from which M'ganwazam's oldest wife was forthwith summarily ejected, while the chief took up his temporary abode in the hut of one of his younger consorts.
Batterbury (much the more carefully-painted picture of the two) was summarily turned out.
But his father's friend, of course, dismissed him summarily as likely to ruin his business.
But Pelet's fury subsided; a fortnight sufficed for its rise, progress, and extinction: in that space of time the dismissal of the obnoxious teacher had been effected in the neighbouring house, and in the same interval I had declared my resolution to follow and find out my pupil, and upon my application for her address being refused, I had summarily resigned my own post.
But the sorry remains of the biscuit were not to be disposed of so summarily: the precarious circumstances in which we were placed made us regard them as something on which very probably, depended the fate of our adventure.
Thus, in order to enunciate here only summarily, a law which it would require volumes to develop: in the high Orient, the cradle of primitive times, after Hindoo architecture came Phoenician architecture, that opulent mother of Arabian architecture; in antiquity, after Egyptian architecture, of which Etruscan style and cyclopean monuments are but one variety, came Greek architecture (of which the Roman style is only a continuation), surcharged with the Carthaginian dome; in modern times, after Romanesque architecture came Gothic architecture.
After a great deal of trouble, and the administration of many slaps on the head to the infant Kenwigses, whereof two of the most rebellious were summarily banished, the cloth was laid with much elegance, and a pair of boiled fowls, a large piece of pork, apple- pie, potatoes and greens, were served; at sight of which, the worthy Mr Lillyvick vented a great many witticisms, and plucked up amazingly: to the immense delight and satisfaction of the whole body of admirers.