dark age


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

Examples of dark age in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their report, published late last year in the IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics, found no evidence that the inverter invasion is plunging civilization into a dystopian dark age. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Feb. 2024 This could make October 7 the beginning of a dark age in Israel’s history—one characterized by more and growing violence. Aluf Benn, Foreign Affairs, 7 Feb. 2024 There’s no evidence that inverters are plunging civilization into a dystopian dark age. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Feb. 2024 Another aspect of this new digital dark age comes from not being able to see what others are doing. Gina Neff, WIRED, 8 Jan. 2024 Retinoids may smoothen fine lines, wrinkles, and even dark age spots. Hallie Gould, Health, 25 Nov. 2023 Return to a dark age As the media cell huddled daily near its office hotspot, life outside changed dramatically for millions of people plunged into an earlier technological era. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 It was feared that Y2K would literally herald a new dark age, and that the collateral damage in terms of mayhem, suffering and death would be like nothing humanity had experienced since plague times. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 29 May 2023 The pain was felt by USA Track and Field, the sport’s national governing body, which is trying to end a dark age for the sport in Los Angeles at the professional level and increase interest ahead of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dark age was in 1640

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“Dark age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dark%20age. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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