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[dahrk-nis] /ˈdɑrk nɪs/
the state or quality of being dark:
The room was in total darkness.
absence or deficiency of light:
the darkness of night.
wickedness or evil:
Satan, the prince of darkness.
obscurity; concealment:
The darkness of the metaphor destroyed its effectiveness.
lack of knowledge or enlightenment:
heathen darkness.
lack of sight; blindness.
Origin of darkness
before 1050; Middle English derknesse, Old English deorcnysse. See dark, -ness
Related forms
predarkness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The darkness was so intense that it could be felt like a mist.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • For all they knew they might in the darkness have been strolling into a town.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • When he awoke, he found that the room was in darkness; it must have been night for several hours.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • That he had gotten it as a reward for some deed of darkness he did not doubt.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • He says, 'To the upright there ariseth light in the darkness.'

    Home Rule Harold Spender
Word Origin and History for darkness

Old English deorcnysse, from dark + -ness. Figurative use is recorded from mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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