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darkness (n.)

Old English deorcnysse "absence of light," from dark (adj.) + -ness. The 10c. Anglo-Saxon treatise on astronomy uses þeostrum for "darkness." Figurative use for "sinfulness, wickedness" is from early 14c. From late 14c. as "obscurity," also "secrecy, concealment," also "blindness," physical, mental, or spiritual.

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Definitions of darkness

darkness (n.)
having a dark or somber color;
darkness (n.)
a swarthy complexion;
Synonyms: duskiness / swarthiness
darkness (n.)
absence of light or illumination;
Synonyms: dark
darkness (n.)
absence of moral or spiritual values;
the powers of darkness
Synonyms: wickedness / dark
darkness (n.)
an unilluminated area;
he moved off into the darkness
Synonyms: dark / shadow
darkness (n.)
an unenlightened state;
his lectures dispelled the darkness
Synonyms: dark
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