highly/deliberately insulting

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Here's a sentence from an English book for improving the vocabulary named ''Oxford Word Skills''.

Telling me I was a second-rate journalist was highly/deliberately insulting.

Are ''highly'' and ''deliberately'' synonymous? Or ''highly'' means ''very'' and ''deliberately'' means ''on purpose''? Or both mean ''very''?
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    They're not synonymous, no. "Deliberately" means intentionally or on purpose. It doesn't mean "very".
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