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[n] a swarthy complexion
[n] having a dark or somber color
[n] an unenlightened state; "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness"
[n] an unilluminated area; "he moved off into the darkness"
[n] absence of light or illumination
[n] absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of darkness"


light, lighting, lightness

Misc. Definitions

\Dark"ness\, n.
1. The absence of light; blackness; obscurity; gloom. And darkness was upon the face of the deep. --Gen. i.

2. A state of privacy; secrecy. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light. --Matt. x. 2
3. 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. --John. iii. 1
9. Pursue these sons of darkness: drive them out From all heaven's bounds. --Milton.
4. Want of clearness or perspicuity; obscurity; as, the darkness of a subject, or of a discussion.
5. A state of distress or trouble. A day of clouds and of thick darkness. --Joel. ii.
2. {Prince of darkness}, the Devil; Satan. ``In the power of the Prince of darkness.'' --Locke. Syn: {Darkness}, {Dimness}, {Obscurity}, {Gloom}. Usage: Darkness arises from a total, and dimness from a partial, want of light. A thing is obscure when so overclouded or covered as not to be easily perceived. As tha shade or obscurity increases, it deepens into gloom. What is dark is hidden from view; what is obscure is difficult to perceive or penetrate; the eye becomes dim with age; an impending storm fills the atmosphere with gloom. When taken figuratively, these words have a like use; as, the darkness of ignorance; dimness of discernment; obscurity of reasoning; gloom of superstition.

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