- dark; gloomy; obscure.
Also te·neb·ri·ous [tuh-neb-ree-uh s] /təˈnɛb ri əs/.
Origin of tenebrous
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Related Wordsambiguous, dim, dingy, dusk, dusky, equivocal, gloomy, murky, obscure, shadowy, shady, somber, sunless, uncertain, unclear, unintelligible, vague, caliginous, lightless, unlit
Examples from the Web for tenebrous
The Republicans, however, sat with tenebrous expressions that matched the black curtain hiding their legs.My Birthday With Sonia
July 25, 2009
Your voice is tenebrous, as if An angel mocked a blackbird's pipe.Silverpoints
But her imagination was roving in the dim oil-lit streets of the tenebrous city, striving for the clairvoyance of love.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Never had she looked to Ray so like an eagle, so keen, so fierce, so fit for braving either sun or tenebrous cavern.The Precipice
Elia Wilkinson Peattie
At what moment will the fierce impurities borne from its somber and tenebrous past be hurled up in you?Selected Works of Voltairine de Cleyre
Voltairine de Cleyre
Winged things that were not bats swooped and fluttered in the tenebrous air, whispering sibilantly—whispering in human voices.The Secret of Kralitz
- gloomy, shadowy, or dark
C15: from Latin tenebrōsus from tenebrae darkness
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Word Origin and History for tenebrous
"full of darkness," early 15c., from Old French tenebreus (11c.), from Latin tenebrosus, from tenebrae "darkness" (see temerity).
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