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darkness

D'ARKNESS, n.

1. Absence of light.

And darkness was on the face of the deep. Gen. i.

2. Obscurity; want of clearness or perspicuity; that quality or state which renders any thing difficult to be understood; as the darkness of counsels.

3. A state of being intellectually clouded; ignorance.

Men loved darkness rather than light. John iii.

4. A private place; secrecy; privacy.

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

5. Infernal gloom; hell; as utter darkness. Matt. xxii.

6. Great trouble and distress; calamities; perplexities.

A day of clouds and thick darkness. Joel ii. Is.
viii.

7. Empire of Satan.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness.
Col. i.

8. Opakeness.

Land of darkness, the grave. Job x.



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D'ARKNESS, n.

1. Absence of light.

And darkness was on the face of the deep. Gen. i.

2. Obscurity; want of clearness or perspicuity; that quality or state which renders any thing difficult to be understood; as the darkness of counsels.

3. A state of being intellectually clouded; ignorance.

Men loved darkness rather than light. John iii.

4. A private place; secrecy; privacy.

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

5. Infernal gloom; hell; as utter darkness. Matt. xxii.

6. Great trouble and distress; calamities; perplexities.

A day of clouds and thick darkness. Joel ii. Is.
viii.

7. Empire of Satan.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness.
Col. i.

8. Opakeness.

Land of darkness, the grave. Job x.

DARK'NESS, n.

  1. Absence of light. And darkness was on the face of the deep. – Gen. i.
  2. Obscurity; want of clearness or perspicuity; that quality or state which renders any thing difficult to be understood; as, the darkness of counsels.
  3. A state of being intellectually clouded; ignorance. Men loved darkness rather than light. – John iii.
  4. A private place; secrecy; privacy. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light. – Matth. x.
  5. Infernal gloom; hell; as, utter darkness. – Matth. xxii.
  6. Great trouble and distress; calamities; perplexities. A day of clouds and thick darkness. – Joel ii. Is. viii.
  7. Empire of Satan. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness. – Col. i.
  8. Opakeness. Land of darkness, the grave. – Job x.

Dark"ness
  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. 19.

    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. 2.

    Prince of darkness, the Devil; Satan. "In the power of the Prince of darkness." Locke.

    Syn. -- Darkness, Dimness, Obscurity, Gloom. 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.

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Darkness

D'ARKNESS, noun

1. Absence of light.

And darkness was on the face of the deep. Genesis 1:2.

2. Obscurity; want of clearness or perspicuity; that quality or state which renders any thing difficult to be understood; as the darkness of counsels.

3. A state of being intellectually clouded; ignorance.

Men loved darkness rather than light. John 3:19.

4. A private place; secrecy; privacy.

What I tell in darkness that speak ye in light.

Matthew 10:27.

5. Infernal gloom; hell; as utter darkness Matthew 22:13.

6. Great trouble and distress; calamities; perplexities.

A day of clouds and thick darkness Joel 2:2. Is.

viii.

7. Empire of Satan.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness

Colossians 1:13.

8. Opakeness.

Land of darkness the grave. Job 10:21.

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