darkness

The complete (or partial) absence of light is darkness. If you've ever lost power in your house during a nighttime storm, you know what it's like to be suddenly engulfed in darkness.

There are degrees of darkness, from the complete darkness of the woods on a moonless night to the darkness of a room lit by candlelight. Darkness is open to interpretation, since it's defined as a lack of light. There's also a figurative darkness, which can represent wickedness, sadness, ignorance, or simply mystery: "The details of their adventures would remain in darkness, unless one of them wrote a book someday."

Definitions of darkness
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n absence of light or illumination

Synonyms:
dark
Antonyms:
light, lighting
having abundant light or illumination
Types:
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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

n an unilluminated area

“he moved off into the darkness
Synonyms:
dark, shadow
Type of:
scene
the place where some action occurs

n an unenlightened state

“his lectures dispelled the darkness
Synonyms:
dark
Type of:
unenlightenment
a lack of understanding

n absence of moral or spiritual values

“the powers of darkness
Synonyms:
dark, iniquity, wickedness
Types:
foulness
disgusting wickedness and immorality
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n having a dark or somber color

Antonyms:
lightness
having a light color
Type of:
value
relative darkness or lightness of a color

n a swarthy complexion

Synonyms:
duskiness, swarthiness
Type of:
complexion, skin color, skin colour
the coloring of a person's face

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