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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Dark′ Ag′es(n.)

  1. the period in European history from about a .d . 476 to about 1000.

    Category: Western History

  2. the whole of the Middle Ages, from about a .d . 476 to the Renaissance.

    Category: Western History

  3. (often l.c.) a period or stage marked by repressiveness, a lack of advanced knowledge, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of Dark Ages:

1720–30

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Middle Ages, Dark Ages(noun)

    the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance

Wiktionary

  1. Dark Ages(ProperNoun)

    The period of European history encompassing (roughly) 476u20131000 .

  2. Dark Ages(ProperNoun)

    The time before the Internet was popular.

  3. Dark Ages(ProperNoun)

    Any relatively primitive period of time.

Freebase

  1. Dark Ages

    The Dark Ages is a historical periodization used for the Middle Ages, which emphasizes the cultural and economic deterioration that supposedly occurred in Western Europe following the decline of the Roman Empire. The label employs traditional light-versus-darkness imagery to contrast the "darkness" of the period with earlier and later periods of "light". The period is characterized by a relative scarcity of historical and other written records at least for some areas of Europe, rendering it obscure to historians. The term "Dark Age" itself derives from the Latin saeculum obscurum, originally applied by Caesar Baronius in 1602 to a tumultuous period in the 10th and 11th centuries. Originally the term characterized the bulk of the Middle Ages, or roughly the 6th to 13th centuries, as a period of intellectual darkness between extinguishing the "light of Rome" after the end of Late Antiquity, and the rise of the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century. This definition is still found in popular usage, but increased recognition of the accomplishments of the Middle Ages has led to the label being restricted in application. Since the 20th century, it is frequently applied to the earlier part of the era, the Early Middle Ages. However, many modern scholars who study the era tend to avoid the term altogether for its negative connotations, finding it misleading and inaccurate for any part of the Middle Ages.

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