[ dahrk-nis ]
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  1. the state or quality of being dark: The room was in total darkness.

  2. absence or deficiency of light: the darkness of night.

  1. wickedness or evil: Satan, the prince of darkness.

  2. obscurity; concealment: The darkness of the metaphor destroyed its effectiveness.

  3. lack of knowledge or enlightenment: heathen darkness.

  4. lack of sight; blindness.

Origin of darkness

First recorded before 1050; Middle English derknesse, Old English deorcnysse; equivalent to dark + -ness

Other words from darkness

  • pre·dark·ness, noun

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