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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.
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    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.
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  2. 2
    the dark colour of something
    the darkness of his eyes/hair/skin
  3. 3
    literary evil
    the forces/powers of darkness
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  4. 4
    literary sadness, or lack of hope
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