from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dark, misty, and gloomy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Which is influenced by darkness or obscurity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affected with darkness or dimness; dark; obscure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dim; obscure; dark.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. dark and misty and gloomy


From Latin cālīginōsus, from cālīgō, cālīgin-, darkness.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French caligineux ("misty, obscure"), from Latin cālīginōsus ("misty; dark, obscure"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Yet at virtually no time, amid the clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caliginous junk that rattles through "Dark of the Moon," is there the sense that such a gap has been spanned.

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  • You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caliginous junk ...

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  • Noblemen weren't supposed to be afraid of such things, but that didn't change the fact that the deep, caliginous mist was just plain creepy.


  • Yet, as she turned weakly, she saw Camon looming above her in the caliginous room, drunken fury showing in his face.


  • Anaxagoras, that the reason of the inequality ariseth from the commixture of things earthy and cold; and that fiery and caliginous matter is jumbled together, whereby the moon is said to be a star of a counterfeit aspect.

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  • Behind this individual, a corpulent caliginous man, came a following round of guards.

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  • Ahead, the sun began to emerge from hiding, and it was as caliginous as the misbegotten stars.

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  • Boulders and trees continued to slide into the caliginous void and vanish.

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  • "Then he turned to begin his own caliginous descent down the forest path that pointed to the Outland and to all of its wondrous wonders."
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