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 pluralin 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 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 Twenty years into the new century, the world is gripped with worry over how to deal with a deadly pandemic out of the dark ages. Houston Chronicle, "100 years ago: Galveston ravaged by bubonic plague," 2 Mar. 2020 Old Elmer Keith back in the dark ages of the mid-20th century claimed the .270 Winchester was an adequate coyote round. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The New 27 Nosler and .277 Sig Fury Are Creating a .277 Cartridge Comeback," 26 Feb. 2020 Astronomers continued to search for neutral hydrogen signals from the universe’s pre-galactic dark age. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 20 Jan. 2020 That archive material includes powerful images of the 2017 Women's March, both in Washington, D.C. and around the world, with extensive excerpts from Steinem's characteristically optimistic speech offering hope at the dawn of a new dark age. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Glorias': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 The dark ages Millions of people in northern California had their electricity cut off by Pacific Gas & Electric, as the utility endeavoured to prevent wildfires ignited by its power lines. The Economist, "Business this week," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dark age

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 6 Jul. 2020.

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