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dark

adjective

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2 not having a light complexion
  • he was tall, dark, and handsome

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4 given to keeping one's activities hidden from public observation or knowledge
  • the actor was always quite dark about his life before his arrival in Hollywood

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5 having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning
  • the superhero was not daunted by the villain's dark threats

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7 not conforming to a high moral standard; morally unacceptable
  • dark deeds that resulted in the Russian czar being known to history as Ivan the Terrible

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dark

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of dark (Entry 2 of 2)

2 the time from sunset to sunrise when there is no visible sunlight
  • we were going to wait until dark to go trick-or-treating

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Frequently Asked Questions About dark

How is the word dark different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of dark are ambiguous, cryptic, enigmatic, equivocal, obscure, and vague. While all these words mean "not clearly understandable," dark implies an imperfect or clouded revelation often with ominous or sinister suggestion.

muttered dark hints of revenge

In what contexts can ambiguous take the place of dark?

The meanings of ambiguous and dark largely overlap; however, ambiguous applies to language capable of more than one interpretation.

an ambiguous directive

When might cryptic be a better fit than dark?

While in some cases nearly identical to dark, cryptic implies a purposely concealed meaning.

cryptic hints of hidden treasure

When could enigmatic be used to replace dark?

The synonyms enigmatic and dark are sometimes interchangeable, but enigmatic stresses a puzzling, mystifying quality.

enigmatic occult writings

When can equivocal be used instead of dark?

The words equivocal and dark are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, equivocal applies to language left open to differing interpretations with the intention of deceiving or evading.

moral precepts with equivocal phrasing

When is obscure a more appropriate choice than dark?

In some situations, the words obscure and dark are roughly equivalent. However, obscure implies a hiding or veiling of meaning through some inadequacy of expression or withholding of full knowledge.

obscure poems

When would vague be a good substitute for dark?

While the synonyms vague and dark are close in meaning, vague implies a lack of clear formulation due to inadequate conception or consideration.

a vague sense of obligation

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The first known use of dark was before the 12th century

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“Dark.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/dark. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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