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Very dark or gloomy.
n. Greek Mythology
One of a mythical people described by Homer as inhabiting a land of perpetual darkness.

[From Latin Cimmeriī, the Cimmerians, from Greek Kimmerioi.]


(sometimes not capital) very dark; gloomy
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth one of a people who lived in a land of darkness at the edge of the world


(sɪˈmɪər i ən)

very dark; gloomy.
[1590–1600; < Latin Cimmeri(us) < Greek Kimmérioi a mythical people mentioned in the Odyssey who lived where the sun never shone]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Cimmerian - intensely dark and gloomy as with perpetual darkness; "the Cimmerian gloom...a darkness that could be felt"-Norman Douglas
dark - devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; "sitting in a dark corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "dark as the inside of a black cat"
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All day long her sails were full as she held her course over the sea, but when the sun went down and darkness was over all the earth, we got into the deep waters of the river Oceanus, where lie the land and city of the Cimmerians who live enshrouded in mist and darkness which the rays of the sun never pierce neither at his rising nor as he goes down again out of the heavens, but the poor wretches live in one long melancholy night.
After many years, on looking back from the middle turn of life's way at the events of the past, which, like a friendly crowd, seem to gaze sadly after us hastening towards the Cimmerian shore, we may see here and there, in the gray throng, some figure glowing with a faint radiance, as though it had caught all the light of our already crepuscular sky.
In another instant she was gone, and the dim light which had filled the cell faded into Cimmerian blackness.
The one that filled him with the greatest terror was the panther--the flaming-eyed, devil-faced panther whose grinning jaws gaped wide at him by day, and whose fiery orbs gleamed wickedly out across the water from the Cimmerian blackness of the jungle nights.
Through Cimmerian darkness he moved along the narrow ledge beside the boiling rapids.
Then she extinguished the lamp and all within the cabin was wrapped in Cimmerian darkness.
At intervals tubes pierce the roof of this underground city, and by means of lenses and reflectors transmit the sunlight, softened and diffused, to dispel what would otherwise be Cimmerian darkness.
Tarzan slept until midnight, then he arose and crept into the Cimmerian blackness of the forest.
Once beneath the over-arching trees all was again Cimmerian darkness, nor was the gloom relieved until the sun finally arose beyond the eastern cliffs, when she saw that they were following what appeared to be a broad and well-beaten game trail through a forest of great trees.
Many peoples make early appearances: Greeks, Scythians, Cimmerians, Vikings, and Mongols.
Most modern editors usually explain the term with a short footnote stating that Cimmerians were a 'legendary people upon whom the sun never shone' (28) from the confines of Europe (north of Caucasus and the Black Sea, according to Herodotus).
However, the city was taken and destroyed by the Cimmerians, some time between 726 BC and 660 BC.