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Friday, September 02, 2011

darkle

\DAHR-kuhl\ , verb;
1.
To grow dark, gloomy, etc.
2.
To appear dark; show indistinctly.
Quotes:
Beyond the open trunk, the desert seemed to darkle, brighten, darkle rhythmically, but in fact the acuity of his vision sharpened briefly with each systolic thrust of his pounding heart.
-- Dean Koontz, The Husband
And the fire-flies wink and darkle, Crowded swarms that soar and sparkle, And in wildering escort gather!
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: a tragedy
Origin:
Darkle is a back-formation from the obsolete darkling, "to be in the dark."
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