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dark

adjective \ ˈdärk \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of dark

1 a :devoid or partially devoid of light :not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light
  • a dark room
b :transmitting only a portion of light
  • dark glasses
2 a :wholly or partially black
  • dark clothing
b of a color :of low or very low lightness
  • dark blue
c :being less light in color than other substances of the same kind
  • dark rum
3 a :arising from or showing evil traits or desires :evil
  • the dark powers that lead to war
b :dismal, gloomy
  • had a dark view of the future
c :lacking knowledge or culture :unenlightened
  • a dark period in history
d :relating to grim or depressing circumstances
  • dark humor
4 a :not clear to the understanding
b :not known or explored because of remoteness
  • the darkest reaches of the continent
5 :not fair in complexion :swarthy
  • dark skin
6 :secret
  • kept his plans dark
7 :possessing depth and richness
  • a dark voice
8 :closed to the public
  • the theater is dark in the summer

darkish

play \ˈdär-kish\ adjective

darkly

adverb

darkness

noun

Examples of dark in a Sentence

  1. She sat in the dark room alone.

  2. Soon it will be dark enough to see the stars.

  3. It was a dark and stormy night.

  4. Dark clouds of smoke were coming from the windows.

  5. She's wearing a dark suit to the interview.

  6. a man wearing dark clothing

  7. You've got dark circles under your eyes this morning.

  8. dark spots on the skin

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Origin and Etymology of dark

Middle English derk, from Old English deorc; akin to Old High German tarchannen to hide

Synonym Discussion of dark

obscure, dark, vague, enigmatic, cryptic, ambiguous, equivocal mean not clearly understandable. obscure implies a hiding or veiling of meaning through some inadequacy of expression or withholding of full knowledge.
    • obscure poems
dark implies an imperfect or clouded revelation often with ominous or sinister suggestion.
    • muttered dark hints of revenge
vague implies a lack of clear formulation due to inadequate conception or consideration.
    • a vague sense of obligation
enigmatic stresses a puzzling, mystifying quality.
    • enigmatic occult writings
cryptic implies a purposely concealed meaning.
    • cryptic hints of hidden treasure
ambiguous applies to language capable of more than one interpretation.
    • an ambiguous directive
equivocal applies to language left open to differing interpretations with the intention of deceiving or evading.
    • moral precepts with equivocal phrasing

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dark

noun

Definition of dark

1 a :a place or time of little or no light :night, nightfall
  • get home before dark
b :absence of light :darkness
  • afraid of the dark
2 a :a color of low or very low lightness :a dark or deep color usually plural
  • a painter who uses a lot of darks
b darks plural :clothing that is dark colored
  • separated the darks and the lights before starting the laundry
in the dark
1 :in secrecy
  • most of his dealings were done in the dark
2 :in ignorance
  • kept the public in the dark about the agreement

Examples of dark in a Sentence

  1. He's 12 years old and still afraid of the dark.

  2. The burglars hid in the dark between the two buildings.

  3. He bought the kids special rings that glow in the dark.

  4. We'd better get home before dark.

  5. They waited until after dark to begin their escape.

  6. He uses lots of darks in his decorating.

  7. Wash the lights and the darks separately.

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Origin and Etymology of dark

see 1dark


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dark

verb

Definition of dark

intransitive verb
obsolete :to grow dark (see 1dark)
transitive verb
:to make dark

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Origin and Etymology of dark

see 1dark


DARK Defined for English Language Learners

dark

adjective

Definition of dark for English Language Learners

  • : having very little or no light

  • : not light in color : of a color that is closer to black than white

  • of a color : having more black than white : not light


dark

noun

Definition of dark for English Language Learners

  • the dark : a state in which no light can be seen

  • : a place where little or no light can be seen

  • : the time of day when night begins : the time when the sky becomes dark for the night


DARK Defined for Kids

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dark

adjective \ ˈdärk \

Definition of dark for Students

darker; darkest
1 :without light or without much light
  • a dark closet
2 :not light in color
  • My dog has a dark coat.
3 :not bright and cheerful :gloomy
  • Don't look on the dark side of things.
4 :arising from or characterized by evil
  • The villain revealed his dark side.

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dark

noun

Definition of dark for Students

1 :absence of light :darkness
  • I'm not afraid of the dark.
2 :a place or time of little or no light
  • We got home before dark.


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