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subfusc

[suhb-fuhsk]
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adjective
  1. subfuscous; dusky.
  2. dark and dull; dingy; drab: a subfusc mining town.

Origin of subfusc

1755–65; < Latin subfuscus subfuscous
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Historical Examples

  • I was in knickerbockers and khaki shirt; Mifflin in greasy gray flannels and subfusc Norfolk.

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    Christopher Morley

  • A pair of subfusc coloured trousers creased and looking absolutely new were presented to him in the same manner.

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    H. De Vere Stacpoole


British Dictionary definitions for subfusc

subfusc

adjective
  1. devoid of brightness or appeal; drab, dull, or dark
noun
  1. (at Oxford University) formal academic dress

Word Origin

C18: from Latin subfuscus dusky, from fuscus dark
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Word Origin and History for subfusc

1710, from Latin subfuscus, variant of suffuscus, from sub- (see sub-) + fusk (see obfuscate).

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