- having very little or no light: a dark room.
- radiating, admitting, or reflecting little light: a dark color.
- approaching black in hue: a dark brown.
- not pale or fair; swarthy: a dark complexion.
- brunette; dark-colored: dark eyebrows.
- having brunette hair: She's dark but her children are blond.
- (of coffee) containing only a small amount of milk or cream.
- gloomy; cheerless; dismal: the dark days of World War II.
- sullen; frowning: a dark expression.
- evil; iniquitous; wicked: a dark plot.
- destitute of knowledge or culture; unenlightened.
- hard to understand; obscure.
- hidden; secret.
- silent; reticent.
- (of a theater) offering no performances; closed: The theaters in this town are dark on Sundays.
- (of an l-sound) having back-vowel resonance; situated after a vowel in the same syllable.Compare clear(def 24a).
- (of a speech sound) of dull quality; acoustically damped.
- the absence of light; darkness: I can't see well in the dark.
- night; nightfall: Please come home before dark.
- a dark place.
- a dark color.
- to make dark; darken.
- Obsolete. to grow dark; darken.
- in the dark,
- in ignorance; uninformed: He was in the dark about their plans for the evening.
- in secrecy; concealed; obscure.
- keep dark, to keep as a secret; conceal: They kept their political activities dark.
Origin of dark
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Examples from the Web for darkest
What could have sustained him during these darkest of hours?The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
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In celebration of the darkest of Black Fridays, she just released a new single, “Pietà.”Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
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The 2014 midterms were the darkest election yet for congressional races.Fake Charities Could Pick Our Next President
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I lay on my back, frozen, unable to avoid thinking the darkest thoughts.Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Epic Friendship and the Greatest Williams Story Ever Told
August 12, 2014
We have been led by these lizards into some of the darkest moral dead-ends in our entire history as a people.Ahmed Abu Khattala Arrest Spoils GOP’s Benghazi Party
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I am starting on a hunt in darkest Deanery for my cuff links.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
After his explanation Hank withdrew to the darkest corner of the room and was silent.Way of the Lawless
On he went, until he came to the darkest place in the woods.Opera Stories from Wagner
Yet he never, in the darkest hour, faltered or hesitated for a moment.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
In an instant they fled into the darkest corner of the cavern.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
- having little or no lighta dark street
- (of a colour) reflecting or transmitting little lightdark brown Compare light 1 (def. 29), medium (def. 2)
- (of complexion, hair colour, etc) not fair or blond; swarthy; brunette
- (in combination)dark-eyed
- gloomy or dismal
- sinister; evila dark purpose
- sullen or angrya dark scowl
- ignorant or unenlighteneda dark period in our history
- secret or mysteriouskeep it dark
- phonetics denoting an (l) pronounced with a velar articulation giving back vowel resonance. In English, l is usually dark when final or preconsonantalCompare light 1 (def. 30)
- go dark stock exchange informal (of a company) to remove itself from the register of major exchanges while continuing to trade
- absence of light; darkness
- night or nightfall
- a dark place, patch, or shadow
- a state of ignorance (esp in the phrase in the dark)
- an archaic word for darken
Word Origin and History for darkest
early 13c., from dark (adj.). Figurative in the dark "ignorant" first recorded 1670s.
Old English deorc "dark, obscure, gloomy; sad, cheerless; sinister, wicked," from Proto-Germanic *derkaz (cf. Old High German tarchanjan "to hide, conceal"). "Absence of light" especially at night is the original meaning. Application to colors is 16c. Theater slang for "closed" is from 1916.