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Definition 1: an unenlightened state - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was in the dark concerning their intentions
  • his lectures dispelled the darkness

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is a kind of ...) a lack of understanding

Definition 2: an unilluminated area - [noun denoting location]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he moved off into the darkness

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is a kind of ...) the place where some action occurs

"the police returned to the scene of the crime"

Definition 3: absence of light or illumination - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is a kind of ...) the degree of visibility of your environment

(... is a kind of dark ) darkness

"it vanished into the night"

(... is a kind of dark ) total absence of light

"they fumbled around in total darkness" "in the black of night"

(... is a kind of dark ) darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)

(... is a kind of dark ) partial darkness

Definition 4: absence of moral or spiritual values - [noun denoting state]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the powers of darkness

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is a kind of ...) a state at a particular time

"a condition (or state) of disrepair" "the current status of the arms negotiations"

(... is a kind of dark ) disgusting wickedness and immorality

"he understood the foulness of sin" "his display of foulness deserved severe punishment" "mouths which speak such foulness must be cleansed"

Definition 5: the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

(... is a kind of dark ) any night of the week except Saturday or Sunday

(... is a kind of dark ) the night after the wedding when bride and groom sleep together

(dark is a part of ...) the early part of night (from dinner until bedtime) spent in a special way

"an evening at the opera"

(dark is a part of ...) the latter part of night

(dark is a part of ...) 12 o'clock at night; the middle of the night

"young children should not be allowed to stay up until midnight"

(dark is a part of ...) the hours just after midnight

(dark is a part of ...) a prescribed bedtime

(... is part of dark) time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis

"two days later they left" "they put on two performances every day" "there are 30,000 passengers per day"

Definition 6: devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sitting in a dark corner
  • a dark day
  • dark shadows
  • dark as the inside of a black cat

(dark is similar to ...) dark and gloomy

"a tenebrous cave"

(dark is similar to ...) partially devoid of light or brightness

"semidark room"

(dark is similar to ...) without illumination

"came up the lightless stairs" "the unilluminated side of Mars" "through dark unlighted (or unlit) streets"

(dark is similar to ...) depressingly dark

"the gloomy forest" "the glooming interior of an old inn" "`gloomful' is archaic"

(dark is similar to ...) lighted by or as if by twilight

"The dusky night rides down the sky/And ushers in the morn" "the twilight glow of the sky" "a boat on a twilit river"

(dark is similar to ...) lacking in light; not bright or harsh

"a dim light beside the bed" "subdued lights and soft music"

(dark is similar to ...) uncannily or threateningly dark or obscure

"a darkling glance" "secret operatives and darkling conspiracies"

(dark is similar to ...) (poetic) occurring in the dark or night

"a darkling journey"

(dark is similar to ...) becoming dark or darker as from waning light or clouding over

"the darkening sky"

(dark is similar to ...) become or made dark by lack of light

"a darkened house" "the darkened theater"

(dark is similar to ...) like twilight; dim

"the evening's crepuscular charm"

(dark is similar to ...) intensely dark and gloomy as with perpetual darkness

"the Cimmerian gloom...a darkness that could be felt"

(dark is similar to ...) dark and misty and gloomy

(dark is similar to ...) extremely dark

"a black moonless night" "through the pitch-black woods" "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"

(dark is similar to ...) lacking light; especially not reached by sunlight

"the aphotic depths of the sea where no photosynthesis occurs"

(dark is similar to ...) dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades

"in the depths of an Acheronian forest" "upon those roseate lips a Stygian hue"

(... are attributes of dark) the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures

"he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"

Definition 7: (used of color) having a dark hue - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dark green
  • dark glasses
  • dark colors like wine red or navy blue

(dark is similar to ...) slightly dark

"darkish red"

(means also ...) being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light

"black leather jackets" "as black as coal" "rich black soil"

(... are attributes of dark) relative darkness or lightness of a color

"I establish the colors and principal values by organizing the painting into three values--dark, medium...and light"

Definition 8: brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dark eyes

(dark is similar to ...) marked by dark or relatively dark pigmentation of hair or skin or eyes

"a brunette beauty"

Definition 9: secret - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • keep it dark

(dark is similar to ...) hidden on any grounds for any motive

"a concealed weapon" "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"

Definition 10: causing dejection - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is similar to ...) causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

"the economic outlook is depressing" "something cheerless about the room" "a moody and uncheerful person" "an uncheerful place"

Definition 11: stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is similar to ...) morally bad or wrong

"evil purposes" "an evil influence" "evil deeds"

Definition 12: showing a brooding ill humor - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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
  • a sour temper
  • a sullen crowd

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is similar to ...) having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

Definition 13: not giving performances; closed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the theater is dark on Mondays

(dark is similar to ...) lacking activity; lying idle or unused

"an inactive mine" "inactive accounts" "inactive machinery"

Definition 14: marked by difficulty of style or expression - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • much that was dark is now quite clear to me
  • those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is similar to ...) difficult to understand

"the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible"

Definition 15: lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dark or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this benighted country
  • benighted ages of barbarism and superstition
  • the dark ages
  • a dark age in the history of education

Synonyms for dark in the sense of this definition

(dark is similar to ...) not enlightened; ignorant

"the devices by which unenlightened men preserved the unjust social order"

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