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.

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

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dark (dɑːk)
1.  having little or no light: a dark street
2.  light Compare medium (of a colour) reflecting or transmitting little light: dark brown
3.  a.  (of complexion, hair colour, etc) not fair or blond; swarthy; brunette
 b.  (in combination): dark-eyed
4.  gloomy or dismal
5.  sinister; evil: a dark purpose
6.  sullen or angry: a dark scowl
7.  ignorant or unenlightened: a dark period in our history
8.  secret or mysterious: keep it dark
9.  phonetics Compare light denoting an (l) pronounced with a velar articulation giving back vowel resonance. In English, l is usually dark when final or preconsonantal
10.  informal stock exchange go dark (of a company) to remove itself from the register of major exchanges while continuing to trade
11.  absence of light; darkness
12.  night or nightfall
13.  a dark place, patch, or shadow
14.  a state of ignorance (esp in the phrase in the dark)
15.  an archaic word for darken
[Old English deorc; related to Old High German terchennen to hide]

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Example sentences
He was only in his forty-seventh year, but he dwelt darkly on the fragility of
  human existence.
Some cultures were slow to accept the idea of zero, which for many carried
  darkly magical connotations.
It was an intriguing and darkly comical sight watching this animal the size of
  a fist fall into something so immense.
Still, there is something darkly fascinating about those skilled in verbal
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