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Meaning of DARKNESS

Pronunciation:  'dârknis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a swarthy complexion
  2. [n]  having a dark or somber color
  3. [n]  an unenlightened state; "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness"
  4. [n]  an unilluminated area; "he moved off into the darkness"
  5. [n]  absence of light or illumination
  6. [n]  absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of darkness"

DARKNESS is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dark, dark, dark, duskiness, iniquity, shadow, swarthiness, wickedness
 Antonyms: light, lighting, lightness
 See Also: black, blackness, blackout, brownout, complexion, condition, dimout, illumination, lightlessness, night, pitch blackness, scene, semidarkness, skin color, skin colour, status, total darkness, unenlightenment, value



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dark"ness\, n.
1. The absence of light; blackness; obscurity; gloom.

         And darkness was upon the face of the deep. --Gen.
                                               i. 2.

2. A state of privacy; secrecy.

         What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light.
                                               --Matt. x. 27.

3. A state of ignorance or error, especially on moral or
   religious subjects; hence, wickedness; impurity.

         Men loved darkness rather than light, because their
         deeds were evil.                      --John. iii.

         Pursue these sons of darkness: drive them out From
         all heaven's bounds.                  --Milton.

4. Want of clearness or perspicuity; obscurity; as, the
   darkness of a subject, or of a discussion.

5. A state of distress or trouble.

         A day of clouds and of thick darkness. --Joel. ii.

{Prince of darkness}, the Devil; Satan. ``In the power of the
   Prince of darkness.'' --Locke.

Syn: {Darkness}, {Dimness}, {Obscurity}, {Gloom}.

Usage: Darkness arises from a total, and dimness from a
       partial, want of light. A thing is obscure when so
       overclouded or covered as not to be easily perceived.
       As tha shade or obscurity increases, it deepens into
       gloom. What is dark is hidden from view; what is
       obscure is difficult to perceive or penetrate; the eye
       becomes dim with age; an impending storm fills the
       atmosphere with gloom. When taken figuratively, these
       words have a like use; as, the darkness of ignorance;
       dimness of discernment; obscurity of reasoning; gloom
       of superstition.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that darkness comes upon you means failure in work you may attempt. Darkness is synonymous with ignorance, the unconscious, evil, death, and fear of the unknown. If the sun breaks through the darkness, then you will overcome your failures. If you feel safe in the dark, then it suggests that you like not knowing about certain things. As some might say, ignorance is bliss. Dreaming that you cannot find someone in the darkness means that you need to keep your temper in check. You have the tendency to let your emotions get out of control and lose your temper. Dreaming that you are lost in the darkness indicates feelings of desperation, depression, or insecurity. Dreaming that you are groping around in the darkness indicates that you have insufficient information to make a clear decision. Do your research and do not rush into making choices.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The plague (the ninth) of darkness in Egypt (Ex. 10:21) is described as darkness "which may be felt." It covered "all the land of Egypt," so that "they saw not one another." It did not extend to the land of Goshen (ver. 23).

When Jesus hung upon the cross (Matt. 27:45; Luke 23:44), from the "sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour."

On Mount Sinai, Moses (Ex. 20:21) "drew near unto the thick darkness where God was." This was the "thick cloud upon the mount" in which Jehovah was when he spake unto Moses there. The Lord dwelt in the cloud upon the mercy-seat (1 Kings 8:12), the cloud of glory. When the psalmist (Ps. 97:2) describes the inscrutable nature of God's workings among the sons of men, he says, "Clouds and darkness are round about him." God dwells in thick darkness.

Darkness (Isa. 13:9, 10; Matt. 24:29) also is a symbol of the judgments that attend on the coming of the Lord. It is a symbol of misery and adversity (Job 18:6; Ps. 107:10; Isa. 8:22; Ezek. 30:18). The "day of darkness" in Joel 2:2, caused by clouds of locusts, is a symbol of the obscurity which overhangs all divine proceedings. "Works of darkness" are impure actions (Eph. 5:11). "Outer darkness" refers to the darkness of the streets in the East, which are never lighted up by any public or private lamps after nightfall, in contrast with the blaze of cheerful light in the house. It is also a symbol of ignorance (Isa. 9:2; 60:2; Matt. 6:23) and of death (Job 10:21; 17:13).

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