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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English inly, from Old English inlīc (inner, inward), equivalent to in +‎ -ly.



inly (comparative more inly, superlative most inly)

  1. (obsolete) Inward; interior; secret.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English inly, inliche, from Old English inlīċe (inwardly), equivalent to in +‎ -ly.


inly (comparative more inly, superlative most inly)

  1. (now rare) Inwardly, within; internally; secretly.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
      I have inly wept,
      Or should have spoke ere this.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book XI”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 441–444:
      His offering soon propitious fire from heaven / Consumed with nimble glance, and grateful steam; / The other's not, for his was not sincere; / Whereat he inly raged,
    • 1738, Paul Gerhard, "Thou Hidden Love of God," translated by John Wesley, in The Wesleyan Methodist Hymn Book, London, 1869, p.325, [1]
      Thou hidden love of God, whose height, / Whose depth unfathom'd no man knows; I see from far they beauteous light, / Inly I sigh for thy repose:
    • 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Vol. II, Chapter XXXV, [2]
      His heart inly relented,—there was a conflict,—but sin got the victory, and he set all the force of his rough nature against the conviction of his conscience.
    • 1852, Matthew Arnold, "Human Life" in The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840-1867, Oxford University Press, 1909, lines 1-6 [3]
      What mortal, when he saw, / Life's voyage done, his heavenly Friend, / Could ever yet dare tell him fearlessly: / 'I have kept uninfring'd my nature's law; / The inly-written chart thou gavest me / To guide me, I have steer'd by to the end'?
    • 1909, Thomas Hardy, "The Flirt's Tragedy" in Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses, London: Macmillan & Co., 1928, [4]
      Thus tempted, the lust to avenge me / Germed inly and grew.
    • 1914, Rabindranath Tagore, The King of the Dark Chamber, New York: Macmillan, p. 132, [5]
      A mighty forest inly smokes and smoulders before it bursts into a conflagration:
  2. (obsolete) Heartily, completely, fully, thoroughly; extremely.