dark +‎ -ly.



darkly (comparative darklier or more darkly, superlative darkliest or most darkly)

  1. With a dark appearance.
    Synonyms: blackly, sably
    • 1846, R[obert] S[tephen] Hawker, “The Wreck”, in Echoes from Old Cornwall, London: Joseph Masters, [], OCLC 3365560, stanza X, page 76:
      And still when loudliest howls the storm, / And darkliest lowers his native sky, / The king's fierce soul is in that form, / The warrior's spirit threatens nigh!
    • 1906 October 4, “Light Colors for Machine Tools”, in Charles Kirchhoff, Geo[rge] W. Cope, and A. I. Findley, editors, The Iron Age, volume LXXVIII, New York, N.Y.: David Williams Company [], OCLC 397407268, page 877, column 1:
      Darkly painted machinery takes a great deal of light out of a shop; the rays seem to be absorbed into the somber pigments.
    • 1998, John Minch, “Geology Roadlog”, in Lowell Lindsay and William G. Hample, editors, Geology and Geothermal Resources of the Imperial and Mexicali Valleys (San Diego Association of Geologists – Annual Field Trip Guides), San Diego, Calif.: San Diego Association of Geologists, →ISBN, pages 30–31:
      Cerro Colorado is composed of granitic rocks covered with a dark-colored desert varnish. The Sierra Cucapa are a lighter reddish-brown and lie in the background on the far side of Laguna Salada. They are also covered with a patina of desert varnish but not as darkly as the surface of Cerro Colorado. [] A minor weathering feature of the desert is a thin, shiny, reddish-brown to blackish coating called desert varnish that occurs on some desert rocks.
    • 2016, Yehiel Yeshaia Trunk; Anna Clarke, transl., chapter 21, in Piotr J. Wróbel and ‎Robert M. Shapiro, editors, Poyln: My Life within Jewish Life in Poland, Sketches and Images, Toronto, Ont.; Buffalo, N.Y.: University of Toronto Press, →ISBN, page 149:
      He saw how the candlesticks shone darkly in the vicinity of the diamond flames in Shevele's ears and on her silk dress collar.
  2. Faintly seen in the dark.
    I could make out his image darkly.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, 1 Corinthians 1:12:
      For now we ſee through a glaſſe darkley: but then face to face: now I know in part, but then ſhall I know euen as alſo I am knowen.
    • 1651, Peter Bulkeley [i.e., Peter Bulkley], “The Second Difference, that the One was More Dark, the Other Gives Clearer Light”, in The Gospel-covenant; or, The Covenant of Grace Opened. [], 2nd enlarged and corrected edition, London: Printed by Matthew Simmons, [], OCLC 896193833, page 168:
      Secondly, The Covenant was then revealed more darkly and obſcurely, but now the diſpenſation of it, is more cleare and evident: the light is now marvellous, it is as the Sunne ſhining at noone-day. [] Though it was revealed before, yet it was but darkly, but now it is revealed more clearly ſince the coming of our Saviour Chriſt; []
    • 1930, Ivan Lukash; Natalie Duddington, transl., chapter VIII, in The Flames of Moscow: Translated from the Russian, London: Peter Davies, OCLC 17991090, page 92:
      With his hands behind his back he walked through the echoing rooms. In the reddish mist his shadow flitted darkly across the mirrors on the walls.
  3. (figuratively) In a morbid manner; morbidly, sinisterly.
    a darkly comic dystopian drama
    • 1814, Lord Byron, The Corsair, a Tale, London: Printed by Thomas Davison, [], for John Murray, [], OCLC 1061889661, canto I, stanza IX, lines 225–228, page 12:
      There was a laughing Devil in his sneer, / That raised emotions both of rage and fear; / And where his frown of hatred darkly fell, / Hope withering fled—and Mercy sighed farewell!
    • 2018 February, Robert Draper, “They are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet: Technology and Our Increasing Demand for Security have Put Us All under Surveillance. Is Privacy Becoming just a Memory?”, in National Geographic[1], Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, ISSN 0027-9358, OCLC 1049714034, archived from the original on 14 June 2018:
      By visible evidence, this Saturday morning is a comparatively placid one. Earlier in the week a young man had died after being stabbed in a flat, and from the overpass at Archway Road, darkly referred to as “suicide bridge,” another man had jumped to his death.
  4. (figuratively) Mysteriously; forebodingly, ominously.
    Synonym: threateningly