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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɑːknəs/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɑɹknɪs/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)knɪs, -ɑː(ɹ)knəs
- Hyphenation: dark‧ness
- (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
- 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.
- (uncountable) Gloom.
- (countable) The product of being dark.
- (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.
- (uncountable) Evilness, lack of understanding or compassion, reference to death or suffering.
state of being dark
state of reflecting little light; tending to blackish or brownish
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