noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction Ten·e·brae \ˈte-nə-ˌbrā, -ˌbrī, -ˌbrē\

Definition of Tenebrae

  1. :  a church service observed during the final part of Holy Week commemorating the sufferings and death of Christ

Origin and Etymology of tenebrae

Medieval Latin, from Latin, darkness — more at temerity

First Known Use: 1651

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