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Dark vs. Darkness

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Darkadjective

Having an absolute or (more often) relative lack of light.

‘The room was too dark for reading.’;

Darknessnoun

(uncountable) The state of being dark; lack of light.

‘The darkness of the room made it difficult to see.’;

Darkadjective

(of a source of light) Extinguished.

‘Dark signals should be treated as all-way stop signs.’;

Darknessnoun

(uncountable) Gloom.

Darkadjective

Deprived of sight; blind.

Darknessnoun

(countable) The product of being dark.

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Darkadjective

(of colour) Dull or deeper in hue; not bright or light.

‘my sister's hair is darker than mine;’; ‘her skin grew dark with a suntan’;

Darknessnoun

(uncountable) The state or quality of reflecting little light, of tending to a blackish or brownish color.

‘The darkness of her skin betrayed her Mediterranean heritage.’;

Darkadjective

Hidden, secret, obscure.

Darknessnoun

(uncountable) Evilness, lack of understanding or compassion, reference to death or suffering.

Darkadjective

Not clear to the understanding; not easily through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.

Darknessnoun

The absence of light; blackness; obscurity; gloom.

‘And darkness was upon the face of the deep.’;

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Darkadjective

Having racing capability not widely known.

Darknessnoun

A state of privacy; secrecy.

‘What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light.’;

Darkadjective

Without moral or spiritual light; sinister, malign.

‘a dark villain;’; ‘a dark deed’;

Darknessnoun

A state of ignorance or error, especially on moral or religious subjects; hence, wickedness; impurity.

‘Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.’; ‘Pursue these sons of darkness: drive them outFrom all heaven's bounds.’;

Darkadjective

Conducive to hopelessness; depressing or bleak.

‘the Great Depression was a dark time;’; ‘the film was a dark psychological thriller’;

Darknessnoun

Want of clearness or perspicuity; obscurity; as, the darkness of a subject, or of a discussion.

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Darkadjective

Lacking progress in science or the arts; said of a time period.

Darknessnoun

A state of distress or trouble.

‘A day of clouds and of thick darkness.’;

Darkadjective

With emphasis placed on the unpleasant aspects of life; said of a work of fiction, a work of nonfiction presented in narrative form or a portion of either.

‘The ending of this book is rather dark.’;

Darknessnoun

absence of light or illumination

Darknoun

A complete or (more often) partial absence of light.

‘Dark surrounds us completely.’;

Darknessnoun

an unilluminated area;

‘he moved off into the darkness’;

Darknoun

(uncountable) Ignorance.

‘We kept him in the dark.’; ‘The lawyer was left in the dark as to why the jury was dismissed.’;

Darknessnoun

absence of moral or spiritual values;

‘the powers of darkness’;

Darknoun

(uncountable) Nightfall.

‘It was after dark before we got to playing baseball.’;

Darknessnoun

an unenlightened state;

‘he was in the dark concerning their intentions’; ‘his lectures dispelled the darkness’;

Darknoun

A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, etc.

Darknessnoun

having a dark or somber color

Darkverb

(intransitive) To grow or become dark, darken.

Darknessnoun

a swarthy complexion

Darkverb

(intransitive) To remain in the dark, lurk, lie hidden or concealed.

Darkness

Darkness, the polar opposite of brightness, is understood as a lack of illumination or an absence of visible light. Human vision is unable to distinguish color in conditions of either high brightness or very low brightness.

Darkverb

(transitive) To make dark, darken; to obscure.

Darkadjective

Destitute, or partially destitute, of light; not receiving, reflecting, or radiating light; wholly or partially black, or of some deep shade of color; not light-colored; as, a dark room; a dark day; dark cloth; dark paint; a dark complexion.

‘O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,Irrecoverably dark, total eclipseWithout all hope of day!’; ‘In the dark and silent grave.’;

Darkadjective

Not clear to the understanding; not easily seen through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.

‘The dark problems of existence.’; ‘What may seem dark at the first, will afterward be found more plain.’; ‘What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this light word?’;

Darkadjective

Destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant.

‘The age wherein he lived was dark, but heCould not want light who taught the world to see.’; ‘The tenth century used to be reckoned by mediæval historians as the darkest part of this intellectual night.’;

Darkadjective

Evincing black or foul traits of character; vile; wicked; atrocious; as, a dark villain; a dark deed.

‘Left him at large to his own dark designs.’;

Darkadjective

Foreboding evil; gloomy; jealous; suspicious.

‘More dark and dark our woes.’; ‘A deep melancholy took possesion of him, and gave a dark tinge to all his views of human nature.’; ‘There is, in every true woman-s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.’;

Darkadjective

Deprived of sight; blind.

‘He was, I think, at this time quite dark, and so had been for some years.’;

Darknoun

Absence of light; darkness; obscurity; a place where there is little or no light.

‘Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out.’;

Darknoun

The condition of ignorance; gloom; secrecy.

‘Look, what you do, you do it still i' th' dark.’; ‘Till we perceive by our own understandings, we are as much in the dark, and as void of knowledge, as before.’;

Darknoun

A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, or the like; as, the light and darks are well contrasted.

‘The lights may serve for a repose to the darks, and the darks to the lights.’;

Darkverb

To darken; to obscure.

Darknoun

absence of light or illumination

Darknoun

absence of moral or spiritual values;

‘the powers of darkness’;

Darknoun

an unilluminated area;

‘he moved off into the darkness’;

Darknoun

the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside

Darknoun

an unenlightened state;

‘he was in the dark concerning their intentions’; ‘his lectures dispelled the darkness’;

Darkadjective

devoid or partially devoid of light or brightness; shadowed or black or somber-colored;

‘sitting in a dark corner’; ‘a dark day’; ‘dark shadows’; ‘the theater is dark on Mondays’; ‘dark as the inside of a black cat’;

Darkadjective

(used of color) having a dark hue;

‘dark green’; ‘dark glasses’; ‘dark colors like wine red or navy blue’;

Darkadjective

brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes);

‘dark eyes’;

Darkadjective

stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable;

‘black deeds’; ‘a black lie’; ‘his black heart has concocted yet another black deed’; ‘Darth Vader of the dark side’; ‘a dark purpose’; ‘dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility’; ‘the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him’;

Darkadjective

causing dejection;

‘a blue day’; ‘the dark days of the war’; ‘a week of rainy depressing weather’; ‘a disconsolate winter landscape’; ‘the first dismal dispiriting days of November’; ‘a dark gloomy day’; ‘grim rainy weather’;

Darkadjective

secret;

‘keep it dark’; ‘the dark mysteries of Africa and the fabled wonders of the East’;

Darkadjective

showing a brooding ill humor;

‘a dark scowl’; ‘the proverbially dour New England Puritan’; ‘a glum, hopeless shrug’; ‘he sat in moody silence’; ‘a morose and unsociable manner’; ‘a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius’; ‘a sour temper’; ‘a sullen crowd’;

Darkadjective

lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture;

‘this benighted country’; ‘benighted ages of barbarism and superstition’; ‘the dark ages’; ‘a dark age in the history of education’;

Darkadjective

marked by difficulty of style or expression;

‘much that was dark is now quite clear to me’; ‘those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure’;

Darkadjective

having skin rich in melanin pigments;

‘National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’; ‘the dark races’; ‘dark-skinned peoples’;

Darkadjective

not giving performances; closed;

‘the theater is dark on Mondays’;

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