• Deprived of sight; blind.
  • Not clear to the understanding; not easily through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.
  • Conducive to hopelessness; depressing or bleak.

    "the Great Depression was a dark time;  the film was a dark psychological thriller"

  • (of a source of light) Extinguished.

    "Dark signals should be treated as all-way stop signs."

  • Hidden, secret, obscure.
  • Without moral or spiritual light; sinister, malign.

    "a dark villain;  a dark deed"

  • With emphasis placed on the unpleasant aspects of life; said of a work of fiction, a work of nonfiction presented in narrative form or a portion of either.

    "The ending of this book is rather dark."

  • Having an absolute or (more often) relative lack of light.

    "The room was too dark for reading."

  • (of colour) Dull or deeper in hue; not bright or light.

    "my sister's hair is darker than mine;  her skin grew dark with a suntan"

  • (gambling, of race horses) Having racing capability not widely known.
  • Lacking progress in science or the arts; said of a time period.


  • A complete or (more often) partial absence of light.

    "Dark surrounds us completely."

  • (uncountable) Nightfall.

    "It was after dark before we got to playing baseball."

  • (uncountable) Ignorance.

    "The lawyer was left in the dark as to why the jury was dismissed."

  • "We kept him in the dark."

  • A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, etc.

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