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English adjective: dark

1. dark devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black


SamplesSitting in a dark corner.
A dark day.
Dark shadows.
Dark as the inside of a black cat.


SimilarAcheronian, Acherontic, aphotic, black, caliginous, Cimmerian, crepuscular, darkened, darkening, darkling, darkling, dim, dusky, gloomful, glooming, gloomy, lightless, pitch-black, pitch-dark, semidark, Stygian, subdued, sulky, tenebrific, tenebrious, tenebrous, twilight, twilit, unilluminated, unlighted, unlit


Attributelight, lightness


Antonymslight

2. dark (used of color) having a dark hue


SamplesDark green.
Dark glasses.
Dark colors like wine red or navy blue.


Similardarkish


See alsoblack


Attributevalue


Antonymslight-colored, light

3. dark brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes)


SamplesDark eyes.


Similarbrunet, brunette


Antonymsblond, blonde, light-haired

4. dark stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable


SamplesBlack deeds.
A black lie.
His black heart has concocted yet another black deed.
Darth Vader of the dark side.
A dark purpose.
Dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility.
The scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him.


Synonymsblack, sinister


Similarevil


Antonymsgood

5. dark secret


SamplesKeep it dark.


Similarconcealed


Antonymsunconcealed

6. dark showing a brooding ill humor


SamplesA dark scowl.
The proverbially dour New England Puritan.
A glum, hopeless shrug.
He sat in moody silence.
A morose and unsociable manner.
A saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius.
A sour temper.
A sullen crowd.


Synonymsdour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen


Similarill-natured


Antonymsgood-natured

7. dark lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture


SamplesThis benighted country.
Benighted ages of barbarism and superstition.
The dark ages.
A dark age in the history of education.


Synonymsbenighted


Similarunenlightened


Antonymsenlightened

8. dark marked by difficulty of style or expression


SamplesMuch that was dark is now quite clear to me.
Those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure.


Synonymsobscure


Similarincomprehensible, uncomprehensible


Antonymscomprehendible, comprehensible

9. dark causing dejection


SamplesA blue day.
The dark days of the war.
A week of rainy depressing weather.
A disconsolate winter landscape.
The first dismal dispiriting days of November.
A dark gloomy day.
Grim rainy weather.


Synonymsblue, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry


Similarcheerless, depressing, uncheerful


Antonymscheerful

10. dark having skin rich in melanin pigments


SamplesNational Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Dark-skinned peoples.


Synonymscolored, coloured, dark-skinned, non-white


Similarblack


Antonymswhite

11. dark not giving performances; closed


SamplesThe theater is dark on Mondays.


Similarinactive


Antonymsactive


English noun: dark

1. dark (state) absence of light or illumination


Synonymsdarkness


Broader (hypernym)illumination


Narrower (hyponym)black, blackness, blackout, brownout, dimout, lightlessness, night, pitch blackness, semidarkness, total darkness


Antonymslighting, light

2. dark (state) absence of moral or spiritual values


SamplesThe powers of darkness.


Synonymsdarkness, iniquity, wickedness


Broader (hypernym)condition, status


Narrower (hyponym)foulness

3. dark (location) an unilluminated area


SamplesHe moved off into the darkness.


Synonymsdarkness, shadow


Broader (hypernym)scene

4. dark (time) the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside


Synonymsnight, nighttime


Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period


Narrower (hyponym)wedding night, weeknight


Part holonymevening, late-night hour, lights-out, midnight, small hours


Part meronym24-hour interval, day, mean solar day, solar day, twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours


Antonymsdaylight, daytime, day

5. dark (cognition) an unenlightened state


SamplesHe was in the dark concerning their intentions.
His lectures dispelled the darkness.


Synonymsdarkness


Broader (hypernym)unenlightenment









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