American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a privy manner; privately or secretly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a privy manner; privately; secretly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In a privy manner; privately; secretly.
- adv. confidentially or in secret
- From privy + -ly. (Wiktionary)
“Damnable heresies are commonly brought in privily, under the cloak and colour of truth.”
“3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for a hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.”
“Except that, O my son, the Vizier bespoke him a privy word (kelam sirriyy) ere he promised me; then, after the Vizier bespoke him a word privily (sirran), he promised me to (ila) three months."] [Footnote 378: Lit. an ill presence (mehhdser sau).”
“Then Gawaine called privily in council all his brethren, and to them said thus: Fair brethren, here may ye see, whom that we hate”
“Dermod mac Ae delighted in these solitary adventures, and when he could steal a day from policy and affairs he would send word privily to”
“And so upon a day La Beale Isoud gat a sword privily and bare it to her garden, and there she pight the sword through a plum tree up to the hilt, so that it stuck fast, and it stood breast high.”
“(In Ga 2: 4 the same word is rendered, "came in privily.")”
“Well, Babington has a number of friends, as hot-brained and fanatical as himself, and when once he had swallowed the notion of privily murdering the Queen, he got so enamoured of it, that he swore in five more to aid him in the enterprise, and then what must they do but have all their portraits taken in one picture with a Latin motto around them.”
“He was minded to put her away privily, that is, to give a bill of divorce into her hand before two witnesses, and so to hush up the matter among themselves.”
“Then Gawaine called privily in council all his brethren, and to them said thus: Fair brethren, here may ye see, whom that we hate King Arthur loveth, and whom that we love he hateth.”
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