Dark"ness, n.


The absence of light; blackness; obscurity; gloom.

And darkness was upon the face of the deep.
Gen. i. 2.


A state of privacy; secrecy.

What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light.
Matt. x. 27.


A state of ignorance or error, especially on moral or religious subjects; hence, wickedness; impurity.

Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John. iii. 19.

Pursue these sons of darkness: drive them out
From all heaven's bounds.


Want of clearness or perspicuity; obscurity; as, the darkness of a subject, or of a discussion.


A state of distress or trouble.

A day of clouds and of thick darkness.
Joel. ii. 2.

Prince of darkness, the Devil; Satan. "In the power of the Prince of darkness."


Syn. -- Darkness, Dimness, Obscurity, Gloom. Darkness arises from a total, and dimness from a partial, want of light. A thing is obscure when so overclouded or covered as not to be easily perceived. As the shade or obscurity increases, it deepens into gloom. What is dark is hidden from view; what is obscure is difficult to perceive or penetrate; the eye becomes dim with age; an impending storm fills the atmosphere with gloom. When taken figuratively, these words have a like use; as, the darkness of ignorance; dimness of discernment; obscurity of reasoning; gloom of superstition.

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