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  1. inwardly.
  2. intimately; deeply.
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Origin of inly

before 900; Middle English inliche, Old English inlīce. See in, -ly
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Historical Examples

  • She inly vowed that some day she would remember the man, to cut him.

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    Frederic Jesup Stimson

  • I inly determined that none like it should ever take its place.

  • She inly resolved not to aid Peschiera in his designs on Violante.

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    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • And so she came soon again and brought an horse with her that was inly black.

  • While the "tufters" are drawing, we look round again and inly rejoice that Exmoor is still a vast wild tract hardly civilised.

British Dictionary definitions for inly


  1. poetic inwardly; intimately
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Word Origin and History for inly


Old English inlice "internally; sincerely;" see in + -ly (2).

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