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By chance or accident.
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(sentence modifier) an archaic word for perhaps
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(ˈhæp li)

perhaps; by chance.
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Adv.1.haply - by accident; "betrayed by a word haply overheard"
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References in classic literature ?
Or haply art thou some far-towering pine, -- Some rare and wondrous flower?
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.
1) Haply on swiftest steed, Or in the flying car, Now they approach the glen, West of white Oea's scaur.
'Haply,' he said, turning his furrowed face slowly about, that he might as it were individually address the whole audience, those both near and distant; 'haply, when this question has been tak'n up and discoosed, there'll be a threat to turn out if I'm let to work among yo.
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.
Bow down and prostrate yourselves, and worship your Lord, and do good, that haply ye may prosper." (22:77) As we begin the holy month, we take note of the Islamic values that should be reflected in our morals and deeds, at a time when our society needs them the most.
Viola suggests a similar bodying forth when she asks the captain for "such disguise as haply shall become / The form of my intent" (1.2.54-55).
Since haply thou art one Of that innumerable company Who in broad circle...
The mind derives knowledge from data that is taken from the senses: "So worked Mind: its tribe / Of senses ministrant above, below, / Far, near, or now or haply long ago / Brought to pass knowledge" (ll.
A revised transcript of his statement to Malacaang reporters replaced the word 'happily' with 'haply,' meaning by chance or accident.
Not only did Bergerson see palindromes as poetry; "poetry," he declares in his book, "is evocation." Perhaps this explains why one may haply see a senile heresiologist, urceolate Nita, veer as a swallow amid celestial lives, mellific Ida, eleemosynary tramps and all of their etymological ilk in these palindroverses.
The troubling paradox we see here--that affection, or passion, leads the coward to fight--makes sense given the inverted logic of Tarquin's entire pursuit, precipitated on Collatine's praise of his wife's chastity: "Haply that name of chaste unhapp'ly set / This bateless edge on his keen appetite" (8-9).