Definition of darkly in English:


Line breaks: dark¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈdɑːkli


  • 1In a threatening, mysterious, or ominous way: ‘You can’t trust him,’ said Jacob darkly
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    • He should have hinted darkly at death threats and used many anonymous sources without ever producing any kind of proof.
    • Fiennes is woefully miscast as the darkly mysterious adventurer.
    • Their opera is the mysterious and darkly moving tale of what happened after the pied piper left Hamelin.
  • 1.1In a pessimistic way: I wondered darkly if I was wasting my time
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    • This hints at future scenes, but it's also darkly comic, because these shots are cut with Devlin's men loading their guns.
    • Johnson's voice is darkly pessimistic, yet trapped in the formulas of the Cold War.
    • The humanism was still there, but it was now pessimistic and darkly existential.
  • 2With a dark colour: a figure silhouetted darkly against the trees
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    • Who is this figure, a silhouette in the darkly tangled trees that obscure the path, a figure who seems to have slowed down enough to give you time to catch up?
    • Just then, the click, clacking of the mortals' shoes were heard as their darkly silhouetted figures stood in the center near the fountain.
    • One of his darkly coloured earlier works, it features a peasant family's mealtime, dimly lit by a tallow lamp, with a huge plate of steaming spuds as the centrepiece.

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