semi·​dark·​ness ˌse-mē-ˈdärk-nəs How to pronounce semidarkness (audio)
: partial darkness

Examples of semidarkness in a Sentence

fumbling around in the semidarkness
Recent Examples on the Web Both try to exercise in semidarkness. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2020 She [Daria] looks at me and smiles in the semidarkness, a calm, shy smile, full of love. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2021 From its first painterly images, of the face of Meryl Streep, sad and tender and lovely in the semidarkness, the film declares its artistry, its sensitivity and its theme. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2023 Kate Shepel, 32, lies down in semidarkness, the jutting curve of her belly all but obscured. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Now, in the semidarkness and the throng of guests, all names seem somehow fluid, interchangeable, secondary. Olga Tokarczuk, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Hong establishes feelings of isolation from the very first shot, an image of an empty room in semidarkness that becomes a visual motif in the film. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 12 July 2018 In other areas, bored passengers waited in long lines or simply sprawled out on the slick airport floor, waiting in the semidarkness. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semidarkness was in 1849

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“Semidarkness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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semi·​dark·​ness ˌsem-i-ˈdärk-nəs How to pronounce semidarkness (audio)
: partial darkness

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