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dark age

noun

Definition of DARK AGE

1
:  a time during which a civilization undergoes a decline: as
a plural capitalized D&A :  the European historical period from about a.d. 476 to about 1000; broadly :  middle ages
b often plural often capitalized D&A :  the Greek historical period of three to four centuries from about 1100 b.c.
2
a often plural often capitalized D&A :  the primitive period in the development of something <in the dark ages of medicine>
b often plural often capitalized D&A :  a state of stagnation or decline

First Known Use of DARK AGE

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