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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


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

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


See alsoblack


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



5. dark secret

SamplesKeep it dark.



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



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.




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.


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


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



11. dark not giving performances; closed

SamplesThe theater is dark on Mondays.



English noun: dark

1. dark (state) absence of light or illumination


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.


Broader (hypernym)unenlightenment

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