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darkness

[dahrk-nis] /ˈdɑrk nɪs/
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.
Origin of darkness
1050
before 1050; Middle English derknesse, Old English deorcnysse. See dark, -ness
Related forms
predarkness, noun
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  • There was good feed all around, but we could not, from the darkness, find any water.

  • The darkness of a terrible storm hid it from the eye of man.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • "She won't be married," he whispered to himself in the darkness.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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