darkness

darkness

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English

Alternative forms

  • darckness (obsolete)
  • darkeness (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English derknesse, from Old English deorcnes; equivalent to dark +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɑːknəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɑɹknɪs/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)knɪs, -ɑː(ɹ)knəs
  • Hyphenation: dark‧ness

Noun

darkness (countable and uncountable, plural darknesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being dark; lack of light.
    • 1912, Willa Cather, The Bohemian Girl
      Over everything was darkness and thick silence, and the smell of dust and sunflowers.
    • Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  2. (uncountable) Gloom.
  3. (countable) The product of being dark.
  4. (uncountable) The state or quality of reflecting little light, of tending to a blackish or brownish color.
  5. (uncountable) Evilness, lack of understanding or compassion, reference to death or suffering.

Antonyms

  • lightness

Derived terms

  • semi-darkness, semidarkness

Translations

Anagrams

  • Danskers

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