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

Examples of dark age in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike Peter, who modernized Russia and brought it closer to Europe, Mr. Putin is isolating Russia and moving it into a dark age. Garry Kasparov, WSJ, 17 June 2022 China’s information dark age could be Russia’s future. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 The most depressing aspect of the information dark age is the collective amnesia. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 That includes western sanctions that have thrown the Russian economy back into a Soviet-era dark age and the arsenals of anti-tank and anti-aircraft rockets poured into Ukraine in the West's new proxy war with Russia. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 7 Mar. 2022 The Apple TV+ series Foundation tells the story of a group of scientists trying to shepherd the galaxy through a centuries-long dark age. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, 25 Feb. 2022 President Bill Clinton is speaking on television, full of optimism for the new century, while doomsday preppers stock up on ammo in anticipation of the Y2K bug plunging the world into a technological dark age. Andrew Barker, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 The chance that our global civilization shall suffer a new dark age from a Miyake event seems remote for the time being. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 13 Sep. 2021 Afghans are once again sliding into a new dark age of repression and persecution of women. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 16 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dark age

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jun 2022

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“Dark age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dark%20age. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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