What is the meaning of dark?


  • Absence of light or illumination.
  • Absence of moral or spiritual values.
    • usage: "the powers of darkness"
  • An unilluminated area.
    • usage: "he moved off into the darkness"
  • The time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside.
  • An unenlightened state.
    • usage: "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness"


  • Devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black.
    • usage: "sitting in a dark corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "dark as the inside of a black cat"
  • Used of color. ( having a dark hue)
    • usage: "dark green"; "dark glasses"; "dark colors like wine red or navy blue"
  • Brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes. )
    • usage: "dark eyes"
  • Stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable."black 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-Thomas Hardy
  • Secret.
    • usage: "keep it dark"
  • Showing a brooding ill humor.
    • usage: "a 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- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd"
  • Lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture.
    • usage: "this benighted country"; "benighted ages of barbarism and superstition"; "the dark ages"; "a dark age in the history of education"
  • Marked by difficulty of style or expression.
    • usage: "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
  • Causing dejection.
    • usage: "a 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"
  • Having skin rich in melanin pigments.
    • usage: "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People"; "dark-skinned peoples"
  • Not giving performances; closed.
    • usage: "the theater is dark on Mondays"
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