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- (obsolete) Inward; interior; secret.
- c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, 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 II, scene vii]:
- Didst thou but know the inly touch of love
Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow
As seek to quench the fire of love with words.
- (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, 
- 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, 
- 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 
- 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, 
- 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, 
- A mighty forest inly smokes and smoulders before it bursts into a conflagration:
- (obsolete) Heartily, completely, fully, thoroughly; extremely.