dark


dark
dark [därk]
adj.
[ME derk < OE deorc, gloomy, cheerless < IE * dherg- < base * dher-, dirty, somber > DREGS]
1.
a) entirely or partly without light
b) neither giving nor receiving light
2. giving no performance; closed [this theater is dark tonight]
3.
a) almost black
b) not light in color; deep in shade
4. not fair in complexion; brunet or swarthy
5. hidden; secret
6. not easily understood; hard to make clear; obscure
7. gloomy; hopeless; dismal
8. angry or sullen [responding to criticism with dark looks]
9. evil; sinister
10. ignorant; unenlightened
11. deep and rich, with a melancholy sound
12. Phonet. back: said of vowels
n.
1. the state of being dark
2. night; nightfall
3. a dark color or shade
vt., vi.
Obs. to darken
to darken
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in the dark
uninformed; ignorant
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keep dark
to keep secret or hidden
darkish
adj.
darkly
adv.
darkness
n.
SYN.- DARK, the general word in this comparison, denotes a partial or complete absence of light [a dark night ]; DIM1 implies so little light that objects can be seen only indistinctly; DUSKY suggests the grayish, shadowy light of twilight [a dusky winter evening ]; MURKY now usually suggests the thick, heavy darkness of fog or smoke-filled air [the murky ruins of a temple ]; GLOOMY suggests a cloudy, cheerless darkness [a gloomy forest ] –ANT. LIGHT1, BRIGHT

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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