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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dark \Dark\ (d[aum]rk), adjective [OE. dark, derk, deork, AS. dearc, deorc; cf. Gael. & Ir. dorch, dorcha, dark, black, dusky.]

1. 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; as, a dark room; a dark day; dark cloth; dark paint; a dark complexion.

O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon, Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse Without all hope of day! --Milton.

In the dark and silent grave. --Sir W. Raleigh.

2. Not clear to the understanding; not easily seen through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.

The dark problems of existence. --Shairp.

What may seem dark at the first, will afterward be found more plain. --Hooker.

What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this light word? --Shak.

3. Destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant.

The age wherein he lived was dark, but he Could not want light who taught the world to see. --Denhan.

The tenth century used to be reckoned by medi[ae]val historians as the darkest part of this intellectual night. --Hallam.

4. Evincing black or foul traits of character; vile; wicked; atrocious; as, a dark villain; a dark deed.

Left him at large to his own dark designs. --Milton.

5. Foreboding evil; gloomy; jealous; suspicious.

More dark and dark our woes. --Shak.

A deep melancholy took possesion of him, and gave a dark tinge to all his views of human nature. --Macaulay.

There is, in every true woman-s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. --W. Irving.

6. Deprived of sight; blind. [Obs.]

He was, I think, at this time quite dark, and so had been for some years. --Evelyn.

Note: Dark is sometimes used to qualify another adjective; as, dark blue, dark green, and sometimes it forms the first part of a compound; as, dark-haired, dark-eyed, dark-colored, dark-seated, dark-working.

{A dark horse}, in racing or politics, a horse or a candidate whose chances of success are not known, and whose capabilities have not been made the subject of general comment or of wagers. [Colloq.]

{Dark house}, {Dark room}, a house or room in which madmen were confined. [Obs.] --Shak.

{Dark lantern}. See {Lantern}. -- The

{Dark Ages}, a period of stagnation and obscurity in literature and art, lasting, according to Hallam, nearly 1000 years, from about 500 to about 1500 A. D.. See {Middle Ages}, under {Middle}.

{The Dark and Bloody Ground}, a phrase applied to the State of Kentucky, and said to be the significance of its name, in allusion to the frequent wars that were waged there between Indians.

{The dark day}, a day (May 19, 1780) when a remarkable and unexplained darkness extended over all New England.

{To keep dark}, to reveal nothing. [Low]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dark \Dark\ (d[aum]rk), noun

1. Absence of light; darkness; obscurity; a place where there is little or no light.

Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out. --Shak.

2. The condition of ignorance; gloom; secrecy.

Look, what you do, you do it still i' th' dark. --Shak.

Till we perceive by our own understandings, we are as much in the dark, and as void of knowledge, as before. --Locke.

3. (Fine Arts) A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, or the like; as, the light and darks are well contrasted.

The lights may serve for a repose to the darks, and the darks to the lights. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dark \Dark\, verb (used with an object) To darken; to obscure. [Obs.] --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; "sitting in a dark corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "dark as the inside of a black cat" [ant: {light}]

2: (used of color) having a dark hue; "dark green"; "dark glasses"; "dark colors like wine red or navy blue" [ant: {light}, {light-colored}]

3: brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes); "dark eyes"

4: stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy [syn: {black}, {dark}, {sinister}]

5: secret; "keep it dark"

6: showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: {dark}, {dour}, {glowering}, {glum}, {moody}, {morose}, {saturnine}, {sour}, {sullen}]

7: lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture; "this benighted country"; "benighted ages of barbarism and superstition"; "the dark ages"; "a dark age in the history of education" [syn: {benighted}, {dark}]

8: marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure" [syn: {dark}, {obscure}]

9: causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather" [syn: {blue}, {dark}, {dingy}, {disconsolate}, {dismal}, {gloomy}, {grim}, {sorry}, {drab}, {drear}, {dreary}]

10: having skin rich in melanin pigments; "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People"; "dark-skinned peoples" [syn: {colored}, {coloured}, {dark}, {dark- skinned}, {non-white}]

11: not giving performances; closed; "the theater is dark on Mondays"


1: absence of light or illumination [syn: {dark}, {darkness}] [ant: {light}, {lighting}]

2: absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of darkness" [syn: {iniquity}, {wickedness}, {darkness}, {dark}]

3: an unilluminated area; "he moved off into the darkness" [syn: {darkness}, {dark}, {shadow}]

4: the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside [syn: {night}, {nighttime}, {dark}] [ant: {day}, {daylight}, {daytime}]

5: an unenlightened state; "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness" [syn: {dark}, {darkness}]

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