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Language: Old English
Origin: deorc

dark

1 adjective
     
dark1 S2 W1 comparative darker, superlative darkest
1

no light

if it is dark, there is little or no light [≠ light]:
The church was dark and quiet.
the dark winter days
Suddenly, the room went dark (=became dark).
It gets dark (=night begins) about ten o'clock.
It was still dark (=was night) when we boarded the train.
It was pitch dark (=completely dark) in the attic.
2

colour

quite close to black in colour [≠ light, pale]:
There were dark clouds in the sky.
men in dark suits
a slightly darker colour
dark blue/green/pink etc
a dark blue dress
3

hair/eyes/skin

HBH someone who is dark has hair, eyes, or skin that is brown or black in colour [≠ fair]:
a tall, dark man
John's dark skin and eyes
4

mysterious

mysterious or secret:
a dark secret
keep something dark British English (=keep something secret)
Apparently, he has a son, but he's kept that very dark.
5

evil

evil or threatening:
There was a darker side to his character.
a place where so many dark deeds had been committed
the dark forces of the universe
6

unhappy time

a dark time is unhappy or without hope:
the dark days of the war
Even in the darkest moments, I still had you, my love.
7

feelings/thoughts

if you have dark feelings or thoughts, you are very sad or worried:
a dark depression
her darkest fears
8

humour

dark humour deals with things that are bad or upsetting in a funny way [= black]:
the dark humor common in difficult situations
9

darkest Africa/South America etc

old-fashioned the parts of Africa etc about which we know very little
WORD FOCUS: colour WORD FOCUS: colour
a particular kind of colour: shade, hint, hue

words for describing dark colours: dark, deep, rich

words for describing light colours: light, pale, soft, pastel

words for describing bright colours: bright, brilliant, vivid, garish disapproving, gaudy disapproving

having a lot of colours: colourful, multicoloured British English/multicolored American English


See also
colour

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