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darkle

[ dahr-kuhl ]
/ ˈdɑr kəl /
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verb (used without object), dar·kled, dar·kling.

to appear dark; show indistinctly.
to grow dark, gloomy, etc.

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Origin of darkle

1790–1800; back formation from darkling, adv. taken as present participle
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  • A single hobgoblin bassoon croaks ludicrously away, the pixies darkle and flirt and dance their hearts out of them.

  • Whom It quickens, let them darkle to extinction swift and sure.

British Dictionary definitions for darkle

darkle
/ (ˈdɑːkəl) /

verb archaic, or literary

to grow dark; darken
(intr) to appear dark or indistinct
C19: back formation from darkling
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