the Dark Ages

plural noun

Definition of the Dark Ages 

1 : the period of European history from about A.D. 500 to 1000 : the first 500 years of the Middle Ages

2 or the dark ages , often humorous : the period of time before things developed into their modern form In the dark ages before computers, we often wrote our letters by hand. Her father's ideas about women are from the Dark Ages.

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