August 08, 2016
darkling (adverb)
\DARK-ling\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: in the dark
How do you use it?
"I know the tale. An angry gust of wind / Puffed out his torch among the myriad-roomed / And many-corridored complexities / Of Arthur's palace: then he found a door, / And darkling felt the sculptured ornament / That wreathen round it made it seem his own; / And wearied out made for the couch and slept . . ." (Alfred, Lord Tennyson, _Idylls of the King_)
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You may have never heard the word "darkling" before, but it has been with us for some time. Pick the answer that correctly finishes this sentence: When "darkling" made its first appearance in English,

"Darkling" first appeared in print in English in the mid-1400s as an adverb meaning "in the dark." An example is found in Shakespeare's _A Midsummer Night's Dream_, written in 1590, in which a character named Helena asks, "O wilt thou darkling leave me?" By the mid-1700s, "darkling" was also being used as an adjective meaning essentially the same thing as "dark." Perhaps because of its melodic sound, it has been used frequently in poetry, as in this line written in 1855 by Matthew Arnold: "And by the darkling forest-paths the Gods Follow'd." Still later "darkling" developed into the verb form "darkle," meaning "to become clouded" or "to grow dark."
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