1. Destitute, or partially destitute, of light; not receiving, reflecting, or radiating light; wholly or partially black, or of some deep shade of color; not light-colored; as, a dark room; a dark day; dark cloth; dark paint; a dark complexion.
O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,
Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse
Without all hope of day! --Milton.
In the dark and silent grave. --Sir W. Raleigh.
2. Not clear to the understanding; not easily seen through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.
The dark problems of existence. --Shairp.
What may seem dark at the first, will afterward be found more plain. --Hooker.
What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this light word? --Shak.
3. Destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant.
The age wherein he lived was dark, but he
Could not want light who taught the world to see. --Denhan.
The tenth century used to be reckoned by mediæval historians as the darkest part of this intellectual night. --Hallam.
4. Evincing black or foul traits of character; vile; wicked; atrocious; as, a dark villain; a dark deed.
Left him at large to his own dark designs. --Milton.
5. Foreboding evil; gloomy; jealous; suspicious.
More dark and dark our woes. --Shak.
A deep melancholy took possesion of him, and gave a dark tinge to all his views of human nature. --Macaulay.
There is, in every true woman-s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. --W. Irving.
6. Deprived of sight; blind. [Obs.]
He was, I think, at this time quite dark, and so had been for some years. --Evelyn.
Note: ☞ Dark is sometimes used to qualify another adjective; as, dark blue, dark green, and sometimes it forms the first part of a compound; as, dark-haired, dark-eyed, dark-colored, dark-seated, dark-working.
A dark horse, in racing or politics, a horse or a candidate whose chances of success are not known, and whose capabilities have not been made the subject of general comment or of wagers. [Colloq.]
Dark house, Dark room, a house or room in which madmen were confined. [Obs.] --Shak.
Dark lantern. See Lantern. -- The Dark Ages, a period of stagnation and obscurity in literature and art, lasting, according to Hallam, nearly 1000 years, from about 500 to about 1500 A. D.. See Middle Ages, under Middle.
The Dark and Bloody Ground, a phrase applied to the State of Kentucky, and said to be the significance of its name, in allusion to the frequent wars that were waged there between Indians.
The dark day, a day (May 19, 1780) when a remarkable and unexplained darkness extended over all New England.
To keep dark, to reveal nothing. [Low]
1. Absence of light; darkness; obscurity; a place where there is little or no light.
Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out. --Shak.
2. The condition of ignorance; gloom; secrecy.
Look, what you do, you do it still i' th' dark. --Shak.
Till we perceive by our own understandings, we are as much in the dark, and as void of knowledge, as before. --Locke.
3. Fine Arts A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, or the like; as, the light and darks are well contrasted.
The lights may serve for a repose to the darks, and the darks to the lights. --Dryden.
Dark, v. t. To darken; to obscure. [Obs.]
adj 1: devoid or partially devoid of light or brightness; shadowed
or black or somber-colored; "sitting in a dark
corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "the theater is
dark on Mondays"; "dark as the inside of a black cat"
2: (used of color) having a dark hue; "dark green"; "dark
glasses"; "dark colors like wine red or navy blue" [ant: light]
3: brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes); "dark eyes"
4: stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or
dishonorable; "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black
heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader
of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents
of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister
intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy [syn: black,
5: causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war";
"a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate
winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of
November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather" [syn:
blue, depressing, disconsolate, dismal, dispiriting,
6: secret; "keep it dark"; "the dark mysteries of Africa and
the fabled wonders of the East"
7: showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the
proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless
shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and
unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic
young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen
crowd" [syn: dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose,
saturnine, sour, sullen]
8: lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture; "this
benighted country"; "benighted ages of barbarism and
superstition"; "the dark ages"; "a dark age in the history
of education" [syn: benighted]
9: marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was
dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not
appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure" [syn: obscure]
10: having skin rich in melanin pigments; "National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People"; "the dark races";
"dark-skinned peoples" [syn: colored, coloured, dark-skinned]
11: not giving performances; closed; "the theater is dark on
n 1: absence of light or illumination [syn: darkness] [ant: light]
2: absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of
darkness" [syn: iniquity, wickedness, darkness]
3: an unilluminated area; "he moved off into the darkness"
[syn: darkness, shadow]
4: the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark
outside [syn: night, nighttime] [ant: day]
5: an unenlightened state; "he was in the dark concerning their
intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness" [syn: darkness]