tenebrous

[ ten-uh-bruh s ]
/ ˈtɛn ə brəs /

adjective

dark; gloomy; obscure.
Also te·neb·ri·ous [tuh-neb-ree-uh s] /təˈnɛb ri əs/.

Origin of tenebrous

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word tenebrōsus. See Tenebrae, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM tenebrous

ten·e·brous·ness, nounun·ten·e·brous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tenebrious

  • No life-problem need remain unsolved with their bright spears to drive the tenebrious mists before them.

  • Inside he gazed through a long vista under a roof lost in tenebrious shadow.

    The Three Black Pennys|Joseph Hergesheimer

British Dictionary definitions for tenebrious

tenebrous

tenebrious (təˈnɛbrɪəs)

/ (ˈtɛnəbrəs) /

adjective

gloomy, shadowy, or dark

Derived forms of tenebrous

tenebrosity (ˌtɛnəˈbrɒsɪtɪ), tenebrousness or tenebriousness, noun

Word Origin for tenebrous

C15: from Latin tenebrōsus from tenebrae darkness
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