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noun [uncountable]     darkness pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    the lack of light, especially because it is night

    Sarah peered into the darkness, trying to see who was crying.

    in darkness:

    The front rooms were all in darkness.

    be plunged into darkness (=to be suddenly without light from electricity):

    The power station was shut down and the whole city was plunged into darkness.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      darkness falls (=comes):

      The search had to be abandoned when darkness fell.

      during the hours of darkness (=during the night):

      It’s against the law to ride a bicycle without lights during the hours of darkness.

  2. 2
    the dark colour of something

    the darkness of his eyes/hair/skin

  3. 3
    literary evil

    the forces/powers of darkness

  4. 4
    literary sadness, or lack of hope


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