darkness


darkness

noun

  1. the state or quality of being dark: The room was in total darkness.
  2. absence or deficiency of light: the darkness of night.
  3. wickedness or evil: Satan, the prince of darkness.
  4. obscurity; concealment: The darkness of the metaphor destroyed its effectiveness.
  5. lack of knowledge or enlightenment: heathen darkness.
  6. lack of sight; blindness.
n.

Old English deorcnysse, from dark + -ness. Figurative use is recorded from mid-14c.

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