421. Darkness.

421. Darkness.NOUN. darkness &c. adj., absence of light; blackness &c. (dark colour) 431; obscurity, gloom, murk; dusk &c. (dimness) 422.

Cimmerian darkness, Stygian darkness, Egyptian darkness; night; midnight; dead of night, witching hour of night, witching time of night; blind man’s holiday; darkness visible, darkness that can be felt; palpable obscure; Erebus [Lat.].

shade, shadow, umbra, penumbra; sciagraphy.

obscuration; occultation, adumbration, obumbration; obtenebration, offuscation, caligation; extinction; eclipse, total eclipse; gathering of the clouds.

shading; distribution of shade; chiaroscuro &c. (light) 420.

noctivagation.

[perfectly black objects] black body; hohlraum [Phys]; black hole; dark star; dark matter, cold dark matter.

VERB. be dark &c. adj.

darken, obscure, shade; dim; tone down, lower; overcast, overshadow; eclipse; obfuscate, offuscate; obumbrate, adumbrate; cast into the shade becloud, bedim, bedarken; cast a shade, throw a shade, spread a shade, cast a shadow, cast a gloom, throw a shadow, spread a shadow, cast gloom, throw gloom, spread gloom.

extinguish; put out, blow out, snuff out; doubt.

turn out the lights, douse the lights, dim the lights, turn off the lights, switch off the lights.

ADJ. dark, darksome, darkling; obscure, tenebrious, sombrous, pitch dark, pitchy, pitch black; caliginous; black &c. (in colour) 431.

sunless, lightless &c. (see sun, light, &c. 423); somber, dusky; unilluminated &c. (see illuminate &c. 420); nocturnal; dingy, lurid, gloomy; murky, murksome; shady, umbrageous; overcast &c. (dim) 422; cloudy &c. (opaque) 426; darkened; &c. v.

dark as pitch, dark as a pit, dark as Erebus.

benighted; noctivagant, noctivagous.

ADV. in the dark, in the shade.

PHR. “Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, / War, death, or sickness, did lay siege to it, / Making it momentary as a sound, / Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, / Brief as the lightning in the collied night / That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, / And ere a man hath power to say ‘Behold!’ / The jaws of darkness do devour it up; / So quick bright things come to confusion.” {Shakespeare—A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Act I. Sc. 1. (Lysander) }.

“Before thir eyes in sudden view appear / The secrets of the hoarie deep, a dark / Illimitable Ocean without bound, / Without dimension, where length, breadth, and highth, / And time and place are lost; where eldest Night / And Chaos, Ancestors of Nature, hold / Eternal Anarchie, amidst the noise / Of endless warrs and by confusion stand.” {John Milton—Paradise Lost.}.

“The prayer of Ajax was for light; / Through all that dark and desperate fight / The blackness of that noonday night / He asked but the return of sight, / To see his foeman’s face.” {Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—The Goblet of Life.}.

“My muse with Angels did divide to sing; / But headlong joy is ever on the wing, / In Wintry solstice like the shortn’d light / Soon swallow’d up in dark and long out-living night.” {John Milton—The Passion.}.

“The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave, / The Moon, their Mistress, had expired before; / The winds were wither’d in the stagnant air, / And the clouds perish’d; darkness had no need / Of aid from them—she was the Universe.” {George Gordon Byron—Darkness.}.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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