synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of darkness in English

English Online Dictionary. What means darkness‎? What does darkness mean?


Alternative forms

  • darckness (obsolete)
  • darkeness (obsolete)


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


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


darkness (countable and uncountable, plural darknesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being dark; lack of light; the absolute or comparative absence of light.
    • 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) The state or quality of reflecting little light, of tending to a blackish or brownish color.
  3. (uncountable, countable) Any space that such colour pervades.
  4. (uncountable) Gloom; gloominess; depression.
  5. (countable) The product of being dark.
  6. (uncountable) Lack of understanding or compassion; spiritual or mental blindness.
  7. (uncountable) Secrecy; concealment.
  8. (uncountable) Lack of knowledge; obscurity or meaning or intelligibility; the unknown.
  9. (uncountable) Hell.


  • dark (noun)


  • lightness
  • light


  • blackness

Derived terms



  • Danskers

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