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[dahrk-lee] /ˈdɑrk li/
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.
Origin of darkly
before 1000; Middle English derkly, Old English deorclīce (in figurative sense only). See dark, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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 legerdemain.
  • Some questions loomed darkly on the horizon, however.
  • My own enthusiasm comes from the artistic cliché of finding bullfighting darkly poetic and visually tantalizing.
  • darkly colored bands indicate smoke or other chemicals in the atmosphere.
  • In this darkly funny horror movie, gore and severed limbs abound.
  • Three makes for a dangerous crowd in this darkly comic crime story.
  • But now events were sloping darkly down to the tremendous cataclysm in which all such trifles were lost and forgotten.
Word Origin and History for darkly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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