from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An era of ignorance, superstition, or social chaos or repression. Often used in the plural: a novel depicting the dark ages in the aftermath of a global war.
- n. The early or crude stage in the history or development of something. Often used in the plural: back in the dark ages of radio technology.
- n. The period in Europe from the fall of Rome in the fifth century A.D. to the restoration of relative political stability around the year 1000; the early part of the Middle Ages.
- n. The entire Middle Ages, especially when viewed as a troubled period marked by the loss of classical learning. No longer in use by historians.
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His beginning, not in the Elizabethan court or theater but in the Dark Age of Denmark, in an old pre-Christian heroic society, leads logically to a historically comparative ending.