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 for lowly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lowly \Low"ly\, adv.
     1. In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly. "Be lowly
        wise." --Milton.
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     2. In a low condition; meanly.
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              I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught.
                                                    --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lowly \Low"ly\, a. [Compar. Lowlier; superl. Lowliest.]
     [Low, a. + -ly.]
     1. Not high; not elevated in place; low. "Lowly lands."
        --Dryden.
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     2. Low in rank or social importance.
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              One common right the great and lowly claims. --Pope.
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     3. Not lofty or sublime; humble.
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              These rural poems, and their lowly strain. --Dryden.
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     4. Having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free
        from pride.
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              Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am
              meek and lowly in heart.              --Matt. xi.
                                                    29.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lowly
      adj 1: low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble
             cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the
             people"; "small beginnings" [syn: humble, low,
             lowly, modest, small]
      2: inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly
         corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
         [syn: junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a),
         secondary, subaltern]
      3: used of unskilled work (especially domestic work) [syn:
         humble, menial, lowly]
      4: of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense);
         "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly)
         birth" [syn: base, baseborn, humble, lowly]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  87 Moby Thesaurus words for "lowly":
     base, baseborn, below the salt, cockney, common, commonplace,
     deferential, demeaning, despised, disadvantaged, disliked,
     everyday, homely, humble, humble-looking, humble-visaged, humblest,
     in the shade, inferior, infra dig, inglorious, innocuous, junior,
     least, less, lesser, low, lowborn, lowbred, lower, lowest,
     lowliest, mean, meek, minor, misprized, misunderstood, modest,
     mundane, nonclerical, obeisant, obsequious, ordinary, out of favor,
     plain, plebeian, poor, retiring, reverential, rude, second rank,
     second string, secondary, servile, shabby-genteel, simple, small,
     sub, subaltern, subject, subordinate, subservient, teachable,
     thankless, third rank, third string, third-estate, unappreciated,
     unassuming, uncared-for, underprivileged, undistinguished,
     ungenteel, unimportant, unlamented, unmissed, unmourned, unpopular,
     unpretentious, unregretted, unsung, unvalued, unwashed, vulgar,
     withdrawing, workaday, workday
  
  

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