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Dark vs. Pale

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Darkadjective

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

‘The room was too dark for reading.’;

Paleadjective

Light in color.

‘I have pale yellow wallpaper.’; ‘She had pale skin because she didn't get much sunlight.’;

Darkadjective

(of a source of light) Extinguished.

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

Paleadjective

(of human skin) Having a pallor (a light color, especially due to sickness, shock, fright etc.).

‘His face turned pale after hearing about his mother's death.’;

Darkadjective

Deprived of sight; blind.

Paleadjective

Feeble, faint.

‘He is but a pale shadow of his former self.’;

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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’;

Paleverb

(intransitive) To turn pale; to lose colour.

Darkadjective

Hidden, secret, obscure.

Paleverb

(intransitive) To become insignificant.

Darkadjective

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

Paleverb

(transitive) To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.

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Darkadjective

Having racing capability not widely known.

Paleverb

To enclose with pales, or as if with pales; to encircle or encompass; to fence off.

Darkadjective

Without moral or spiritual light; sinister, malign.

‘a dark villain;’; ‘a dark deed’;

Palenoun

(obsolete) Paleness; pallor.

Darkadjective

Conducive to hopelessness; depressing or bleak.

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

Palenoun

A wooden stake; a picket.

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Darkadjective

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

Palenoun

(archaic) Fence made from wooden stake; palisade.

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.’;

Palenoun

(by extension) Limits, bounds (especially before of).

Darknoun

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

‘Dark surrounds us completely.’;

Palenoun

The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.

Darknoun

(uncountable) Ignorance.

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

Palenoun

(heraldry) A vertical band down the middle of a shield.

Darknoun

(uncountable) Nightfall.

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

Palenoun

(archaic) A territory or defensive area within a specific boundary or under a given jurisdiction.

Darknoun

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

Palenoun

(historical) The parts of Ireland under English jurisdiction.

Darkverb

(intransitive) To grow or become dark, darken.

Palenoun

(historical) The territory around Calais under English control (from the 14th to 16th centuries).

Darkverb

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

Palenoun

(historical) A portion of Russia in which Jews were permitted to live.

Darkverb

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

Palenoun

(archaic) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.

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.’;

Palenoun

A cheese scoop.

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?’;

Palenoun

A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.

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.’;

Paleadjective

Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue.

‘Speechless he stood and pale.’; ‘They are not of complexion red or pale.’;

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.’;

Paleadjective

Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim; as, the pale light of the moon.

‘The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick;It looks a little paler.’;

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.’;

Palenoun

Paleness; pallor.

Darkadjective

Deprived of sight; blind.

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

Palenoun

A pointed stake or slat, either driven into the ground, or fastened to a rail at the top and bottom, for fencing or inclosing; a picket.

‘Deer creep through when a pale tumbles down.’;

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.’;

Palenoun

That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a fence; a palisade.

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.’;

Palenoun

A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region or place; an inclosure; - often used figuratively.

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.’;

Palenoun

A region within specified bounds, whether or not enclosed or demarcated.

Darkverb

To darken; to obscure.

Palenoun

A stripe or band, as on a garment.

Darknoun

absence of light or illumination

Palenoun

One of the greater ordinaries, being a broad perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally distant from the two edges, and occupying one third of it.

Darknoun

absence of moral or spiritual values;

‘the powers of darkness’;

Palenoun

A cheese scoop.

Darknoun

an unilluminated area;

‘he moved off into the darkness’;

Palenoun

A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.

Darknoun

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

Paleverb

To turn pale; to lose color or luster.

‘Apt to pale at a trodden worm.’;

Darknoun

an unenlightened state;

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

Paleverb

To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.

‘The glowworm shows the matin to be near,And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire.’;

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’;

Paleverb

To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to encompass; to fence off.

‘[Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled inWith rocks unscalable and roaring waters.’;

Darkadjective

(used of color) having a dark hue;

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

Palenoun

a wooden strip forming part of a fence

Darkadjective

brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes);

‘dark eyes’;

Paleverb

turn pale, as if in fear

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’;

Paleadjective

very light colored; highly diluted with white;

‘pale seagreen’; ‘pale blue eyes’;

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’;

Paleadjective

(of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble;

‘the pale light of a half moon’; ‘a pale sun’; ‘the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street’; ‘a pallid sky’; ‘the pale (or wan) stars’; ‘the wan light of dawn’;

Darkadjective

secret;

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

Paleadjective

lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness;

‘a pale rendition of the aria’; ‘pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender’; ‘a pallid performance’;

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’;

Paleadjective

abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress;

‘the pallid face of the invalid’; ‘her wan face suddenly flushed’;

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’;

Paleadjective

not full or rich;

‘high, pale, pure and lovely song’;

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’;

Paleadjective

light in colour or shade; containing little colour or pigment

‘choose pale floral patterns for walls’;

Darkadjective

having skin rich in melanin pigments;

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

Paleadjective

(of a person or their complexion) having less colour than usual, typically as a result of shock, fear, or ill health

‘she looked pale and drawn’;

Darkadjective

not giving performances; closed;

‘the theater is dark on Mondays’;

Paleadjective

(of a light) not strong or bright

‘a pale dawn’;

Paleadjective

inferior or unimpressive

‘the new cheese is a pale imitation of continental cheeses’;

Paleverb

become pale in one's face from shock or fear

‘I paled at the thought of what she might say’;

Paleverb

seem or become less important

‘all else pales by comparison’;

Palenoun

a wooden stake or post used with others to form a fence.

Palenoun

a conceptual boundary

‘bring these things back within the pale of decency’;

Palenoun

an area within determined bounds, or subject to a particular jurisdiction.

Palenoun

another term for English Pale

Palenoun

the areas of Russia to which Jewish residence was formerly restricted.

Palenoun

a broad vertical stripe down the middle of a shield.

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