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Definition of 'dark'


  1. absence of light or illumination
       Synonyms: darkness
       Antonyms: light lighting
  2. absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of darkness"
       Synonyms: iniquity wickedness darkness
  3. an unilluminated area; "he moved off into the darkness"
       Synonyms: darkness shadow
  4. the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
       Synonyms: night nighttime
       Antonyms: day daytime daylight
  5. an unenlightened state; "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness"
       Synonyms: darkness


  1. devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; "sitting in a dark corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "dark as the inside of a black cat"
       Antonyms: light
  2. (used of color) having a dark hue; "dark green"; "dark glasses"; "dark colors like wine red or navy blue"
       Antonyms: light light-colored
  3. brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes); "dark eyes"
  4. 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"-Thomas Hardy
       Synonyms: black sinister
  5. 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"
       Synonyms: blue depressing dingy disconsolate dismal dispiriting gloomy grim sorry drab drear dreary
  6. secret; "keep it dark"
  7. 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"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd"
       Synonyms: dour glowering glum moody morose saturnine sour sullen
  8. 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"
       Synonyms: benighted
  9. 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"
       Synonyms: obscure
  10. not giving performances; closed; "the theater is dark on Mondays"

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