These dreadful circumstances bring out the worst in absolutely everybody.

Might I trouble you to tell me why absolutely is between them? Why is an adverb placed between 'in' and 'everybody'? Could it be an error?

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"Absolutely" is an intensifying adverb. In this sentence it modifies the "every" in "everybody". "Everybody" is of course one word, but when the author wanted to emphasize that he really meant everybody, with no exceptions, he wrote as if "every" were an adjective that could be made even stronger with the adverb "absolutely".

Other ways of saying the same thing are:

"... the worst in everybody - and I mean everybody."

"... the worst in everybody, without exception."

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