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Friday, February 06, 2015

Definitions for tenebrific

  1. producing darkness.

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Citations for tenebrific
They shine like suns, these two, amid multitudes of watery comets and tenebrific constellations, too sorrowful without such admixture on occasion! Thomas Carlyle, Thomas Carlyle to Ralph Waldo Emerson, October 31, 1843, in The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834–1872
Jane's eyes were sad-making, not weak, not really sullen, but cheerless, tenebrific. Percival Everett, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, 2009
Origin of tenebrific
1640-1650
Tenebrific comes from the Latin term tenebrae meaning "darkness." The suffix -fic is used in formation of adjectives borrowed from Latin and it means “making,” “producing,” “causing." Tenebrific entered English in the late 1600s.