dark age

noun

Definition of dark age

1 : a time during which a civilization undergoes a decline: such as
a Dark Ages plural : the European historical period from about a.d. 476 to about 1000 broadly : middle ages
b or Dark Age : the Greek historical period of three to four centuries from about 1100 b.c. often plural
2 or Dark Age
a : the primitive period in the development of something usually plural in the dark ages of medicine
b : a state of stagnation or decline usually plural

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Recent Examples on the Web With most of the studio’s fabled animators having retired and productions being scaled back, Disney entered a dark age of animation marked by edgier stories and alienated audiences. Josh Spiegel, Vulture, "A Crash Course in the History of Disney Animation Through Disney+," 11 Jan. 2021 Foundation tells the story of Hari Seldon and his followers, who use the futuristic science of psychohistory to plot their course through a galactic dark age and preserve scientific knowledge. WIRED, "‘Foundation’ Has One of the Best Sci-Fi Concepts Ever," 2 Oct. 2020 The popularity of adrenochrome harvesting theories shows how motivated actors remain two steps ahead of intervention, and how our information systems, if uncorrected, may accelerate the arrival of a new dark age. Brian Friedberg, Wired, "The Dark Virality of a Hollywood Blood-Harvesting Conspiracy," 31 July 2020 Our votes in this election will determine if our country survives or slides into a new dark age. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Walker & Royce, Ardalan & More Share Their Rave the Vote Sets and Reflect on Why They're Voting This November," 18 Aug. 2020 Much of the plot concerns the fall of a certain Galactic Empire (ahem), and a desperate, surprisingly math-heavy attempt to save human civilization from a vast, bleak dark age. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Foundation's Producer on Asimov, Covid-19, and Race in Sci-Fi," 4 July 2020 Decide whether man goes forward toward the light, Stumbling and striving, clumsy—but a man!— Or back to the dark ages, the dark gods, The old barbaric forest that is fear. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The National Emergency Library Is a Gift to Readers Everywhere," 26 Mar. 2020 During the early part of those dark ages, Dad carried the load. Kevin Helliker, WSJ, "From Dawson to Mahomes—One Family’s 53-Year Chiefs Journey," 2 Feb. 2020 Punishing this whistleblower for doing his job sends us back to the dark ages. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Houston Chronicle, "Expert claims reprisal for opposing virus drug Trump touted," 23 Apr. 2020

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1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dark age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dark%20age. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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