darkness

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From dark +‎ -ness

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darkness (countable and uncountable, plural darknesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being dark; lack of light.
    The darkness of the room made it difficult to see.
    • 1912, Willa Cather, The Bohemian Girl
      Over everything was darkness and thick silence, and the smell of dust and sunflowers.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter III:
      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.
    The darkness of her skin betrayed her Mediterranean heritage.
  5. (uncountable) Evilness, lack of understanding or compassion, reference to death or suffering.

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