Definition of On purpose

1. Adverb. With intention; in an intentional manner. "I did this by choice"

Definition of On purpose

1. Prepositional phrase. (idiomatic) Purposefully; with intention; deliberately. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of On Purpose

on one's own
on one's own(p)
on one's own account
on one's tod
on one's toes
on one's uppers
on one's watch
on one's way
on one hand
on opposite sides of the barricades
on or about
on pain of
on paper
on pins and needles
on point
on purpose (current term)
on record
on report
on request
on route
on sale
on second thought
on second thoughts
on serve
on side
on sight
on site
on someone's account
on spec
on steroids

Literary usage of On purpose

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1870)
"... COME PROM TOWN on purpose TO SHOW HIMSELF AT A SWELL MEET.) Voice in the Fog. " FOR-KAD ON, SIB ! ..."

2. Publications by Niagara Historical Society (1899)
"Harriott, wife of James Warwick, Esq'., of Underhill-hall, aged 43 years, in a Vault made in the Chancel on purpose bur. [The following is -written at the ..."

3. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (1887)
"vII. would go a pilgrimage (though I had no other business at Lyons) on purpose to pay it a visit. In my list, therefore, ..."

4. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds (1889)
"On the following day Bologna came to Paris on purpose, and sent for me through Mattio del ... on purpose ..."

5. Publications by Oxford Historical Society (1907)
"... on purpose that he might have S*. Aldate's, weh should otherwise have been the Master's, whereupon (for his Inconsistency) he became despised, ..."

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