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darkly

[dahrk-lee]
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adverb
  1. so as to appear dark.
  2. vaguely; mysteriously.
  3. in a vaguely threatening or menacing manner: He hinted darkly that we had not heard the last of the matter.
  4. imperfectly; faintly.
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Origin of darkly

before 1000; Middle English derkly, Old English deorclīce (in figurative sense only). See dark, -ly
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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.

  • 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

adv.

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

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