What does darkness mean?

Definitions for darkness
ˈdɑrk nɪsdark·ness

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word darkness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dark, darknessnoun

    absence of light or illumination

  2. darkness, dark, shadownoun

    an unilluminated area

    "he moved off into the darkness"

  3. iniquity, wickedness, darkness, darknoun

    absence of moral or spiritual values

    "the powers of darkness"

  4. dark, darknessnoun

    an unenlightened state

    "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness"

  5. darknessnoun

    having a dark or somber color

  6. darkness, duskiness, swarthinessnoun

    a swarthy complexion

Wiktionary

  1. darknessnoun

    The state of being dark; lack of light.

  2. darknessnoun

    Gloom.

  3. darknessnoun

    The product of being dark.

  4. darknessnoun

    The state or quality of reflecting little light, of tending to a blackish or brownish color.

  5. darknessnoun

    Evilness, lack of understanding or compassion, reference to death or suffering.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Darknessnoun

    Etymology: from dark.

    Darkness was upon the face of the deep. Gen. i. 2.

    I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death. Job, x. 20.

    The instruments of darkness tell us truths;
    Win us with honest trifles, to betray us
    In deepest consequence. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    All the light truth has, or can have, is from the clearness and validity of those proofs upon which it is received: to talk of any other light in the understanding, is to put ourselves in the dark, or in the power of the prince of darkness. John Locke.

    Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of his dear son. Coloss. i. 13.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Darknessnoun

    the absence of light; blackness; obscurity; gloom

  2. Darknessnoun

    a state of privacy; secrecy

  3. Darknessnoun

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

  4. Darknessnoun

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

  5. Darknessnoun

    a state of distress or trouble

Freebase

  1. Darkness

    Darkness, as polar to brightness, is understood to be an absence of visible light. It is also the appearance of black in a colored space. Humans are unable to distinguish color when either light or darkness predominate. In the absence of light, perception is achromatic and ultimately, black. The emotional response to darkness has metaphorical connotations in many cultures.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Darkness

    The absence of light.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'darkness' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2873

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'darkness' in Nouns Frequency: #1271

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of darkness in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of darkness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of darkness in a Sentence

  1. Jack Kornfield:

    Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing times of darkness. But it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow.

  2. Becky Stewart:

    Becky recalled. Shawn and Becky Stewart with daughter Maddie, now age three. The East Stroudsburg parents recently coordinated for two cosplay actors dressed as Disney's Cinderella and Moana to give their young daughter a birthday shoutout. (SWNS) CLICK HERE FOR FOX NEWS CONTINUING CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE In a larger sense, the grateful parent voiced her thanks for those going above and beyond to brighten up childrens birthdays and milestones amid the darkness of the pandemic. This is such a difficult time for everyone, so its really phenomenal that Maddie and other kids still get to have something special happen on their birthdays. It definitely made my daughters day.

  3. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

  4. Laura Keown:

    It's lucky we spotted this little Kiwi trying to sneak in an extra 1,500 votes under the cover of darkness, but they'll have to play by the rules like all of the other birds to win the competition.

  5. James Thurber:

    But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?

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