- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdɑːkli/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdɑɹkli/
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- Hyphenation: dark‧ly
- With a dark appearance.
- 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.
- Faintly seen in the dark.
- I could make out his image darkly.
- 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.
- (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, 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.
- (figuratively) Mysteriously; forebodingly, ominously.
- Synonym: threateningly
- 1845, Friedrich Schiller; James Clarence Mangan, transl., “The Diver. A Ballad.”, in Anthologia Germanica. German Anthology: A Series of Translations from the Most Popular of the German Poets. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, Dublin: William Curry, Jun. and Company; London: Longmans, Brown and Co., OCLC 37340552, page 39:
- But the God I had cried to answer me / When my destiny darkliest frowned, / And He showed me a reef of rocks in the sea, / Whereunto I clung, and there I found / On a coral jag the goblet of gold, / Which else to the lowermost crypt had rolled.
- 1859 November 26 – 1860 August 25, [William] Wilkie Collins, “Hartright’s Narrative”, in The Woman in White. A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, Franklin Square, published 1860, OCLC 558180353, part II, section IX, page 212, column 1:
- Certain portions of the conversation of the talkative old clerk, which had wearied me at the time, now recurred to my memory with a new significance; and a suspicion crossed my mind darkly, which had not occurred to me while I was in the vestry.
- 1976, James Monaco, “Truffaut: Intimate Politics: L’Enfant sauvage, Les Deux Anglaises et le Continent, Une Belle Fille comme moi, La Nuit américaine”, in The New Wave: Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette, New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 92:
with a dark appearance
faintly seen in the dark