Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Dark, misty, and gloomy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Dim; obscure; dark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Affected with darkness or dimness; dark; obscure.

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  • adjective Which is influenced by darkness or obscurity.

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

  • adjective dark and misty and gloomy

Etymologies

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

[From Latin cālīginōsus, from cālīgō, cālīgin-, darkness.]

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From Middle French caligineux ("misty, obscure"), from Latin cālīginōsus ("misty; dark, obscure").

Examples

  • “It was a dark and stormy night” might become “It was a caliginous and raving night” or “It was an obscure and disorderly night” – not exactly conveying what the original does.

    Big Brother and Stupid Monkeys « Hyperpat’s HyperDay

  • 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.

    'Crowne': A Bad Fit for Hollywood Royalty

  • “It was a dark and stormy night” might become “It was a caliginous and raving night” or “It was an obscure and disorderly night” – not exactly conveying what the original does.

    2009 October « Hyperpat’s HyperDay

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

    Rhetorical Figures in Sound: Alliteration

  • 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.

    Mistborn

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

    Mistborn

  • 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.

    Essays and Miscellanies

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

    Pawns and Symbols

  • 'Clinking, clanking, caliginous collections of junk.'

    Moonwar

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

    The Howling Stones

Comments

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  • ...those dark, fogbound, snowblinding caliginous spells...

    - Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry to Gabriola

    July 30, 2008

  • OZ'S VOICE

    You dare to come to me for a heart, do you?

    You clinking, clanking, clattering

    collection of caliginous....junk!

    June 9, 2010

  • "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."

    Under the Harrow by Mark Dunn, p 186

    September 3, 2011