duly vs dully :

duly or dully

To do something “dully” is to do it in a dull manner. Too often people use this word when they mean “duly,” which means “properly.” Something duly done is done properly; something done dully is just a bore.

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  • r  at the proper time
    she was duly apprised of the raise

  • r  without liveliness
    she nodded her head dully
  • r  without luster or shine
    the light shone dully through the haze
    unpolished buttons glinted dully
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