[ swawr-thee-nis, -thee- ]

  1. darkness of the skin or complexion:In numerous ancient Greek writings, the paleness and blondness of the northern people is contrasted with the swarthiness of the Egyptians and Ethiopians.

Origin of swarthiness


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How to use swarthiness in a sentence

  • The thick tan of exposure to wind and sun gave her a gipsy swarthiness beneath which glowed the rich colour of health.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • He had delicate features, redeemed from effeminacy by the swarthiness of his complexion, and his quick intensity of expression.

    North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • In singular contrast to a complexion dark almost to swarthiness, his eyes were large and of an intense steel-blue.

  • From the cheek-bones up he looked like an Indian, and expressed a stolid power and swarthiness.

    The Entailed Hat | George Alfred Townsend
  • His face was dark almost to swarthiness and his cheeks and chin were smoothly shaven.