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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
1555-65; black + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I wish I were playing this for the first time," said Booverman, blackly.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • 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
  • 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
  • His blackly pencilled brows were drawn together, and the pale blue eyes shone out, saturnine, from cavernous sockets.

  • 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
  • On one side a wooded slope hemmed us in blackly, on the other lay dell after dell down into the cradle of the valley.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • Kirby gave one look at Naida, found her staring down, deeper and deeper down, into the hole which yawned beneath her so blackly.

  • There was a great blank in her existence where the thunderbolt fell, but the cloud which hung so blackly overhead was gone.

Word Origin and History for blackly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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