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[blak-lee] /ˈblæk li/
darkly; gloomily.
a plot blackly contrived to wreak vengeance.
blackly refusing to yield to reason.
Origin of blackly
First recorded in 1555-65; black + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Werner, chewing nervously at his thumb knuckle, eyed Roger blackly.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Some had been boxed for sending and whose name do you think was blackly lettered on them?

    Polly the Pagan Isabel Anderson
  • The loom of the mountains was blackly visible in the starlight.

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford
  • "Be careful not to drink or eat in that hall," warned Cathbarr blackly.

    Nuala O'Malley

    H. Bedford-Jones
  • "I wish I were playing this for the first time," said Booverman, blackly.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • Boldly and blackly the rock stood out against a background of shaded blue, where the sky fading into mist met the far horizon.

    Dracula's Guest

    Bram Stoker
  • Jack regarded Dick blackly for the fraction of a second; then he burst into a laugh, and clapped him on the shoulder.

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • What his future might have been rose before his thoughts; what it must be rose also, bitterly, blackly, drearily in contrast.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • Kirby gave one look at Naida, found her staring down, deeper and deeper down, into the hole which yawned beneath her so blackly.

Word Origin and History for blackly

1560s, from black (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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