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darkly

[dahrk-lee] /ˈdɑrk li/
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.
Origin of darkly
1000
before 1000; Middle English derkly, Old English deorclīce (in figurative sense only). See dark, -ly
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adv.

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

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