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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After a run of five consecutive titles (three in 4A and two in 5A), the Irish have not won a state championship since the dark ages of 2014. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "High school football: New faces in new places for 2018 season," 28 June 2018 Library holdings have helped reassure me that values associated with reason, intellect and art really do tend to survive dark ages of various kinds. John Glassie, New York Times, "Codices, Termites and Floral Notes: The Wondrous Life of ‘The Library’," 1 June 2018 To see back into the dark age before the first stars, astronomers look for a signal emitted when electrons in the primordial neutral hydrogen gas spontaneously flipped their orientation. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "China’s moon mission will probe cosmic dark ages," 16 May 2018 The worst part about it: There was reason to believe this season wouldn’t be like those in the franchise’s dark ages. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "'I'm afraid to turn on the Orioles tonight': Bleak start tests the patience of Birds diehards," 8 May 2018 In the dark ages when Fey's film first came out, landlines ruled and three-way calling was the latest technological advancement for mean girls. Erika Milvy, latimes.com, "'Mean Girls' was a movie before Twitter even existed. How did creators update it to be a modern musical?," 2 May 2018 The Mad Max-style trailer reveals the end of the world and commencement of a new dark age. Deirdre Durkan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Future World' Trailer: James Franco Is a Warlord in a Post-Apocalyptic World," 9 Apr. 2018 And that wasn’t the dark ages; that edition came out in 2005. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Chapter closes for ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’," 5 Apr. 2018 The absorption signal disappeared, and the dark ages ended. Liz Kruesi, WIRED, "Whisper From the First Stars Sets Off Loud Dark Matter Debate," 31 Mar. 2018

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1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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