- 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
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Examples from the Web for darkness
And then that chorus kicks in, and the young lady formerly known as Lizzy Grant transforms into the princess of darkness.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
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The city of Stanleyville—now called Kisangani—was a majestic port city as deep as one can go into the Heart of Darkness.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
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But when the darkness closes in, we actually run to fairy tales and fables.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
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They pulled up in unmarked cars and on motorcycles, appearing en masse out of the darkness.Eric Garner Protests: ‘It’s Like Vietnam’
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Instead, it would return European civilization back to a period of darkness not witnessed since the Middle Ages.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
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The darkness of a terrible storm hid it from the eye of man.Ancient Man
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There was good feed all around, but we could not, from the darkness, find any water.Explorations in Australia
"She won't be married," he whispered to himself in the darkness.Way of the Lawless
She saw it was reasonable: what fellowship can light have with darkness, or love with starvation?
How was ever such a child of the darkness to come to love the light?
Word Origin and History for darkness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper