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tenebrific

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adjective ten·e·brif·ic \ˌte-nə-ˈbri-fik\

Definition of tenebrific

  1. 1 :  gloomy

  2. 2 :  causing gloom or darkness



Examples of tenebrific

  1. <a man unexpectedly emerged from the tenebrific shadows of the cave>

  2. <soldiers who had lived for months in the tenebrific trenches that stretched along the western front>



Origin of tenebrific

Latin tenebrae darkness


First Known Use: 1785


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