[ 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 formspre·dark·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for darkness



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

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