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[dahrk-lee] /ˈdɑrk li/
so as to appear dark.
vaguely; mysteriously.
in a vaguely threatening or menacing manner:
He hinted darkly that we had not heard the last of the matter.
imperfectly; faintly.
Origin of darkly
before 1000; Middle English derkly, Old English deorclīce (in figurative sense only). See dark, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Am I so utterly disreputable that you find it necessary to frown on me so darkly?

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He did not know the countenance it masked so darkly, but that same cloak he knew!

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • In the Spain of to-day these things are seen as through a glass, darkly.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos
  • Albert's face was darkly red under the lash of his grandfather's tongue.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "I shall not go to bed, I shall never go to bed," said Charmian darkly.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
Word Origin and History for darkly

Old English deorclice "darkly, horribly, foully;" see dark + -ly (2).

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