haply


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hap·ly

 (hăp′lē)
adv.
By chance or accident.

haply

(ˈhæplɪ)
adv
(sentence modifier) an archaic word for perhaps

hap•ly

(ˈhæp li)

adv.
perhaps; by chance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.haply - by accident; "betrayed by a word haply overheard"
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It would seem that the domestics had been previously instructed; for, instead of penetrating the thicket, they followed the route of the column; a measure which Heyward stated had been dictated by the sagacity of their guide, in order to diminish the marks of their trail, if, haply, the Canadian savages should be lurking so far in advance of their army.
The ship had given us up, but was still cruising, if haply it might light upon some token of our perishing, --an oar or a lance pole.
Thou whose injustice hath supplied the cause That makes me quit the weary life I loathe, As by this wounded bosom thou canst see How willingly thy victim I become, Let not my death, if haply worth a tear, Cloud the clear heaven that dwells in thy bright eyes; I would not have thee expiate in aught The crime of having made my heart thy prey; But rather let thy laughter gaily ring And prove my death to be thy festival.
I absolutely depended on the volition of my Guide, who said in gloomy tones, "Heed not thy brother; haply thou shalt have ample time hereafter to condole with him.
Or haply art thou some far-towering pine, -- Some rare and wondrous flower?
Therefore I am suppliant at your knees, if haply you may be pleased to tell me of his melancholy end, whether you saw it with your own eyes, or heard it from some other traveller, for he was a man born to trouble.
Nay," said he with a gentle smile, when Robin Hood had done, "I do love to hear thee talk, thou pretty fellow, and if, haply, thou art not yet done, finish, I beseech thee.
To this I answer that whosoever in writing a modern history, shall follow truth too near the heels, it may haply strike out his teeth.
We may long have left the golden road behind, but its memories are the dearest of our eternal possessions; and those who cherish them as such may haply find a pleasure in the pages of this book, whose people are pilgrims on the golden road of youth.
As she is not a heroine, there is no need to describe her person; indeed I am afraid that her nose was rather short than otherwise, and her cheeks a great deal too round and red for a heroine; but her face blushed with rosy health, and her lips with the freshest of smiles, and she had a pair of eyes which sparkled with the brightest and honestest good-humour, except indeed when they filled with tears, and that was a great deal too often; for the silly thing would cry over a dead canary-bird; or over a mouse, that the cat haply had seized upon; or over the end of a novel, were it ever so stupid; and as for saying an unkind word to her, were any persons hard-hearted enough to do so--why, so much the worse for them.
Haply, but for her, I should ha' gone battering mad.
Therefore make peace between your brethren and observe your duty to Allah that haply ye may obtain mercy.