subfusc

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin subfuscus (moderately dark).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

subfusc (comparative more subfusc, superlative most subfusc)

  1. Having subdued colors.
    • 2020, Hilary Mantel, The Mirror and the Light, London: Fourth Estate, page 6:
      The courtiers tramping across the green eye the: [the Duke of] Suffolk with his big beard, his flashing eye, his big chest, and Master Secretary [Thomas Cromwell] subfusc, low-slung, square.

Noun[edit]

subfusc (plural subfuscs)

  1. Dark clothing.
  2. Clothing acceptable, by regulation at certain universities, for an examination or official event.

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