Definitions

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

  • adjective Dark and somber.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Somewhat dark; gloomy; shadowy: as, a darksome house; a darksome cloud.

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

  • adjective Poetic Dark; gloomy; obscure; shaded; cheerless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective poetic Dark; gloomy; obscure; shaded; cheerless.

Etymologies

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From dark +‎ -some.

Examples

  • Compounded or compacted terms like "darksome" and "lionlimb" are expressive in a way that seems the opposite of Thomas '"unable to rejoice" and "others could not": the power of explosive compression, forcing meanings together, rather than the unfolding power of directness.

    Slate Magazine

  • Compounded or compacted terms like "darksome" and "lionlimb" are expressive in a way that seems the opposite of Thomas '"unable to rejoice" and "others could not": the power of explosive compression, forcing meanings together, rather than the unfolding power of directness.

    Slate Magazine

  • [used by Gerard Manley Hopkins] like "darksome" and "lionlimb" are expressive in a way that seems the opposite of [Edward] Thomas' "unable to rejoice" and "others could not": the power of explosive compression, forcing meanings together, rather than the unfolding power of directness.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • With darksome devouring eyes my bruisèd bones? and fan,

    Carrion Comfort « Unknowing

  • While trying to rid herself of the aforementioned insects, the Flashing Neon Foreshadowing kicks in, and Laura "lay a bruised and bleeding mass of humanity in the darksome depth of the old disused quarry, where her victim, the palefaced girl, had stood and shuddered, as she thought of the horror of a fall into that dreadful darkness!"

    Scattered Musings

  • While trying to rid herself of the aforementioned insects, the Flashing Neon Foreshadowing kicks in, and Laura "lay a bruised and bleeding mass of humanity in the darksome depth of the old disused quarry, where her victim, the palefaced girl, had stood and shuddered, as she thought of the horror of a fall into that dreadful darkness!"

    Religion

  • While trying to rid herself of the aforementioned insects, the Flashing Neon Foreshadowing kicks in, and Laura "lay a bruised and bleeding mass of humanity in the darksome depth of the old disused quarry, where her victim, the palefaced girl, had stood and shuddered, as she thought of the horror of a fall into that dreadful darkness!"

    Books

  • While trying to rid herself of the aforementioned insects, the Flashing Neon Foreshadowing kicks in, and Laura "lay a bruised and bleeding mass of humanity in the darksome depth of the old disused quarry, where her victim, the palefaced girl, had stood and shuddered, as she thought of the horror of a fall into that dreadful darkness!"

    The Little Professor:

  • While trying to rid herself of the aforementioned insects, the Flashing Neon Foreshadowing kicks in, and Laura "lay a bruised and bleeding mass of humanity in the darksome depth of the old disused quarry, where her victim, the palefaced girl, had stood and shuddered, as she thought of the horror of a fall into that dreadful darkness!"

    Let this be a lesson to you: avoid wasps

  • While trying to rid herself of the aforementioned insects, the Flashing Neon Foreshadowing kicks in, and Laura "lay a bruised and bleeding mass of humanity in the darksome depth of the old disused quarry, where her victim, the palefaced girl, had stood and shuddered, as she thought of the horror of a fall into that dreadful darkness!"

    Academic

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