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noun [uncountable] darkness pronunciation in British English /ˈdɑː(r)knəs/
  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.

    1. a.
      night
      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. 3
    literary evil

    the forces/powers of darkness

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