American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking or having very little light: a dark corner.
- adj. Lacking brightness: a dark day.
- adj. Reflecting only a small fraction of incident light.
- adj. Of a shade tending toward black in comparison with other shades. Used of a color.
- adj. Having a complexion that is not fair; swarthy.
- adj. Served without milk or cream: dark coffee.
- adj. Characterized by gloom; dismal: took a dark view of the consequences.
- adj. Sullen or threatening: a dark scowl.
- adj. Difficult to understand; obscure: stories that are large in scope and dark in substance.
- adj. Concealed or secret; mysterious: "the dark mysteries of Africa and the fabled wonders of the East” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
- adj. Lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture: a dark age in the history of education.
- adj. Exhibiting or stemming from evil characteristics or forces; sinister: "churned up dark undercurrents of ethnic and religious hostility” ( Peter Maas).
- adj. Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor.
- adj. Having richness or depth: a dark, melancholy vocal tone.
- adj. Not giving performances; closed: The movie theater is dark on Mondays.
- adj. Linguistics Pronounced with the back of the tongue raised toward the velum. Used of the sound (l) in words like full.
- n. Absence of light.
- n. A place having little or no light.
- n. Night; nightfall: home before dark.
- n. A deep hue or color.
- idiom. in the dark In secret: high-level decisions made in the dark.
- idiom. in the dark In a state of ignorance; uninformed: kept me in the dark about their plans.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Without light; marked by the absence of light; unilluminated; shadowy: as, a dark night; a dark room.
- Not radiating or reflecting light; wholly or partially black or gray in appearance; having the quality opposite to light or white: as, a dark object; a dark color.
- Not fair: applied to the complexion: as, the dark-skinned races.
- Lacking in light or brightness; shaded; obscure: as, a dark day; the dark recesses of a forest.
- Characterized by or producing gloom; dreary; cheerless: as, a dark time in the affairs of the country.
- Threatening; frowning; gloomy; morose: as, a dark scowl.
- Obscure; not easily perceived or understood; difficult to interpret or explain: as, a dark saying; a dark passage in an author.
- Hence Concealed; secret; mysterious; inscrutable as, keep it dark.
- Blind; sightless.
- Unenlightened, either mentally or spiritually; characterized by backwardness in learning, art, science, or religion; destitute of knowledge or culture; ignorant; uninstructed; rude: uncivilized: as, the dark places of the earth; the dark ages.
- Morally black; atrocious; wicked; sinister.
- n. The absence of light; darkness.
- n. A dark place.
- n. A dark hue; a dark spot or part.
- n. A state of concealment; secrecy: as, things done in the dark.
- n. An obscured or unenlightened state or condition; obscurity; a state of ignorance: as, I am still in the dark regarding his intentions.
- In the dark; without light.
- To grow or become dark; darken.
- To remain in the dark; lurk; lie hidden or concealed.
- To make dark; darken; obscure.
- n. An obsolete form of darg.
- adj. Having an absolute or (more often) relative lack of light.
- adj. of colour Dull or deeper in hue; not bright or light.
- adj. Hidden, secret
- adj. Without moral or spiritual light; sinister, malign.
- adj. Conducive to hopelessness; depressing or bleak
- adj. Lacking progress in science or the arts; said of a time period
- adj. With emphasis placed on the unpleasant aspects of life; said of a work of fiction, a work of nonfiction presented in narrative form or a portion of either
- adj. of a source of light Extinguished.
- adj. gambling Having racing capability not widely known.
- n. A complete or (more often) partial absence of light.
- n. uncountable Ignorance.
- n. uncountable Nightfall.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Destitute, or partially destitute, of light; not receiving, reflecting, or radiating light; wholly or partially black, or of some deep shade of color; not light-colored
- adj. Not clear to the understanding; not easily seen through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.
- adj. Destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant.
- adj. Evincing black or foul traits of character; vile; wicked; atrocious.
- adj. Foreboding evil; gloomy; jealous; suspicious.
- adj. obsolete Deprived of sight; blind.
- n. Absence of light; darkness; obscurity; a place where there is little or no light.
- n. The condition of ignorance; gloom; secrecy.
- n. (Fine Arts) A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, or the like.
- v. obsolete To darken; to obscure.
- adj. stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
- n. absence of light or illumination
- adj. lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture
- adj. marked by difficulty of style or expression
- adj. devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black
- n. an unilluminated area
- adj. (used of color) having a dark hue
- adj. not giving performances; closed.
- adj. secret.
- n. the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
- adj. having skin rich in melanin pigments
- n. absence of moral or spiritual values
- adj. showing a brooding ill humor
- adj. causing dejection
- n. an unenlightened state
- adj. brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes)
- From Middle English derk, from Old English deorc ("dark, obscure, gloomy, without light, dreadful, horrible, sad, cheerless, sinister, wicked"), from Proto-Germanic *derkaz (“dark”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰerg- (“dim, dull”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“dull, dirty”). Cognate with Middle High German derken, terken ("to darken, sully") and Albanian terr ("darkness"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English derk, from Old English deorc. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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