dark

When something's dark, there is no light. Far from the city lights, it gets so dark at night that you can see many stars in the sky.

Dark comes from the Proto-Germanic word derkaz, which means "to hide or conceal." This meaning is preserved in the phrase kept in the dark, meaning purposely keeping information from someone. As an adjective, in addition to being the opposite of light, dark describes things that are gloomy, difficult to interpret or heavy, like a dark movie whose main character feels alienated from society.

Definitions of dark
  1. adjective
    devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black
    “sitting in a dark corner”
    “a dark day”
    dark shadows”
    dark as the inside of a black cat”
    Synonyms:
    Acheronian, Acherontic, Stygian
    dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades
    aphotic
    lacking light; especially not reached by sunlight
    black, pitch-black, pitch-dark
    extremely dark
    caliginous
    dark and misty and gloomy
    Cimmerian
    intensely dark and gloomy as with perpetual darkness
    crepuscular
    like twilight; dim
    darkened
    become or made dark by lack of light
    darkening
    becoming dark or darker as from waning light or clouding over
    darkling
    (poetic) occurring in the dark or night
    darkling
    uncannily or threateningly dark or obscure
    dim, subdued
    lacking in light; not bright or harsh
    dusky, twilight, twilit
    lighted by or as if by twilight
    gloomful, glooming, gloomy, sulky
    depressingly dark
    lightless, unilluminated, unlighted, unlit
    without illumination
    semidark
    partially devoid of light or brightness
    Stygian, tenebrific, tenebrious, tenebrous
    dark and gloomy
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    Antonyms:
    light
    characterized by or emitting light
    ablaze, inflamed, reddened
    lighted with red light as if with flames
    autofluorescent
    emitting light via self-induced fluorescence
    bioluminescent
    (of living organisms) emitting light
    bright
    having lots of light either natural or artificial
    candescent
    glowing from great heat
    floodlighted, floodlit
    illuminated by means of floodlights
    fluorescent
    emitting light during exposure to radiation from an external source
    illuminated, lighted, lit, well-lighted
    provided with artificial light
    candent, incandescent
    emitting light as a result of being heated
    lamplit
    lighted by a lamp
    lighting-up
    turning lights on
    livid
    (of a light) imparting a deathlike luminosity
    luminescent
    emitting light not caused by heat
    phosphorescent
    emitting light without appreciable heat as by slow oxidation of phosphorous
    sunlit, sunstruck
    lighted by sunlight
    white
    of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets
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  2. adjective
    (used of color) having a dark hue
    dark green”
    dark glasses”
    dark colors like wine red or navy blue”
    synonyms: dusky
    black
    being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
    darkish
    slightly dark
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    light, light-colored
    (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
    white
    being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light
    pale
    very light colored; highly diluted with white
    palish
    slightly pale
    pastel
    delicate and pale in color
    powdery
    as if dulled in color with a sprinkling of powder
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  3. adjective
    brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes)
    dark eyes”
    Synonyms:
    brunet, brunette
    marked by dark or relatively dark pigmentation of hair or skin or eyes
  4. adjective
    having skin rich in melanin pigments
    dark-skinned peoples”
    synonyms: colored, coloured, dark-skinned, non-white
    black
    of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin
  5. noun
    absence of light or illumination
    synonyms: darkness
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    Antonyms:
    light, lighting
    having abundant light or illumination
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    night
    darkness
    black, blackness, lightlessness, pitch blackness, total darkness
    total absence of light
    blackout, brownout, dimout
    darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)
    semidarkness
    partial darkness
    cloudiness, overcast
    gloomy semidarkness caused by cloud cover
    shade, shadiness, shadowiness
    relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
    dimness, duskiness
    the state of being poorly illuminated
    gloom, somberness, sombreness
    a state of partial or total darkness
    obscureness, obscurity
    the state of being indistinct or indefinite for lack of adequate illumination
    type of:
    illumination
    the degree of visibility of your environment
  6. noun
    an unilluminated area
    synonyms: darkness, shadow
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    type of:
    scene
    the place where some action occurs
  7. noun
    the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
    synonyms: night, nighttime
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    Antonyms:
    day, daylight, daytime
    the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside
    types:
    weeknight
    any night of the week except Saturday or Sunday
    wedding night
    the night after the wedding when bride and groom sleep together
    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  8. adjective
    lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture
    “the dark ages”
    “a dark age in the history of education”
    synonyms: benighted
    unenlightened
    not enlightened; ignorant
  9. adjective
    stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
    “Darth Vader of the dark side”
    “a dark purpose”
    dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility”
    synonyms: black, sinister
    evil
    morally bad or wrong
  10. adjective
    showing a brooding ill humor
    “a dark scowl”
    synonyms: dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen
    ill-natured
    having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
  11. adjective
    causing dejection
    “the dark days of the war”
    “a dark gloomy day”
    synonyms: blue, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry
    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  12. noun
    absence of moral or spiritual values
    synonyms: darkness, iniquity, wickedness
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    foulness
    disgusting wickedness and immorality
    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  13. noun
    an unenlightened state
    “he was in the dark concerning their intentions”
    synonyms: darkness
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    unenlightenment
    a lack of understanding
  14. adjective
    secret
    “keep it dark
    Synonyms:
    concealed
    hidden on any grounds for any motive
  15. adjective
    marked by difficulty of style or expression
    “much that was dark is now quite clear to me”
    synonyms: obscure
    incomprehensible, uncomprehensible
    difficult to understand
  16. adjective
    not giving performances; closed
    “the theater is dark on Mondays”
    Synonyms:
    inactive
    lacking activity; lying idle or unused
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