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blackness

[blak-nis] /ˈblæk nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being black.
2.
the quality or state of being a black person.
3.
Origin of blackness
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at black, -ness
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  • blackness had descended on them again, except for the dull glow of K.'s old pipe.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Clark joined in the argument from the blackness under the locust tree.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • All this must not be eclipsed in the blackness of the Black Country.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • It arose, at length, as from the dead, overshadowing her with all the blackness of her crime.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • A figure had sprung suddenly from the blackness of the trees.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
Word Origin and History for blackness
n.

late 14c., from black (adj.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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