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darkness

[dahrk-nis]
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noun
  1. the state or quality of being dark: The room was in total darkness.
  2. absence or deficiency of light: the darkness of night.
  3. wickedness or evil: Satan, the prince of darkness.
  4. obscurity; concealment: The darkness of the metaphor destroyed its effectiveness.
  5. lack of knowledge or enlightenment: heathen darkness.
  6. lack of sight; blindness.
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Origin of darkness

before 1050; Middle English derknesse, Old English deorcnysse. See dark, -ness
Related formspre·dark·ness, noun
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  • The darkness of a terrible storm hid it from the eye of man.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • There was good feed all around, but we could not, from the darkness, find any water.

  • "She won't be married," he whispered to himself in the darkness.

  • She saw it was reasonable: what fellowship can light have with darkness, or love with starvation?

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • How was ever such a child of the darkness to come to love the light?

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


Word Origin and History for darkness

n.

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

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