wholesale and categorically

mpatricksweeney

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US (English)
"The people wholesale and categorically respect his authority."

Is there a difference in meaning between wholesale and categorical, however slight? To me, wholesale means 'swallowing the whole idea,' and categorically has the sense of "unquestioning, uncritical." I've looked them up, but don't quite get the difference, or if there is a difference- particularly in the example above.

Thanks for any thoughts.
 
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