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tenebrous

[ten-uh-bruh s] /ˈtɛn ə brəs/
adjective
1.
dark; gloomy; obscure.
Also, tenebrious
[tuh-neb-ree-uh s] /təˈnɛb ri əs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of tenebrous
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Latin word tenebrōsus. See Tenebrae, -ous
Related forms
tenebrousness, noun
untenebrous, adjective
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  • Your voice is tenebrous, as if An angel mocked a blackbird's pipe.

    Silverpoints John Gray
  • But her imagination was roving in the dim oil-lit streets of the tenebrous city, striving for the clairvoyance of love.

  • Never had she looked to Ray so like an eagle, so keen, so fierce, so fit for braving either sun or tenebrous cavern.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • At what moment will the fierce impurities borne from its somber and tenebrous past be hurled up in you?

  • Winged things that were not bats swooped and fluttered in the tenebrous air, whispering sibilantly—whispering in human voices.

    The Secret of Kralitz Henry Kuttner
  • The room was well illuminated with gas, whatever might be going on in the streets; to no tenebrous repast were we invited.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • I can't recall any other detail, but the whole atmosphere was tenebrous and sinister.

    The Capgras Shift

    Sam Vaknin
  • We find the cloudy or tenebrous sky of night represented in the Ṛigvedas and in the Avesta as aman, or mountain of stone.

  • We have said that the tenebrous darkness of last night had not prepared us for the charms of to-day.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
British Dictionary definitions for tenebrous

tenebrous

/ˈtɛnəbrəs/
adjective
1.
gloomy, shadowy, or dark
Derived Forms
tenebrosity (ˌtɛnəˈbrɒsɪtɪ), tenebrousness, tenebriousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin tenebrōsus from tenebrae darkness
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Word Origin and History for tenebrous
adj.

"full of darkness," early 15c., from Old French tenebreus (11c.), from Latin tenebrosus, from tenebrae "darkness" (see temerity).

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