dark age


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dark age

n.
1. Dark Ages
a. The period in Europe from the fall of Rome in the fifth century ad to the restoration of relative political stability around the year 1000; the early part of the Middle Ages.
b. The entire Middle Ages, especially when viewed as a troubled period marked by the loss of classical learning. No longer in use by historians.
2. often dark ages
a. An era of ignorance, superstition, or social chaos or repression: a novel depicting the dark ages in the aftermath of a global war.
b. The early or crude stage in the history or development of something: back in the dark ages of radio technology.
3. Dark Ages The period in the history of the universe, roughly the second 500 million years according to current cosmological models, when all matter was in the form of neutral hydrogen and helium atoms, but no stars or galaxies had formed.
References in classic literature ?
And John Barleycorn is with me because I was born in what future ages will call the dark ages before the ages of rational civilisation.
His features, keen and regular, with an aquiline nose, and piercing black eyes; his high and wrinkled forehead, and long grey hair and beard, would have been considered as handsome, had they not been the marks of a physiognomy peculiar to a race, which, during those dark ages, was alike detested by the credulous and prejudiced vulgar, and persecuted by the greedy and rapacious nobility, and who, perhaps, owing to that very hatred and persecution, had adopted a national character, in which there was much, to say the least, mean and unamiable.
The drift of Milton's argument, leads him to employ language which would appear, at first sight, to verge upon their doctrine ; but it will be seen immediately, that he guards himself against the charge of having adopted one of the most ignorant errors of the dark ages of the church.
I have always been in favor of a little theory: we must have Thought; else we shall be landed back in the dark ages.
She says that all heads of houses are relics of the dark ages.
Thorn of Canterbury: which latter case arose, some time after the dark ages had passed away.
She took to writing sensation stories, for in those dark ages, even all-perfect America read rubbish.
All this, you remember, happened in those dark ages when there were no schools of design; before schoolmasters were invariably men of scrupulous integrity, and before the clergy were all men of enlarged minds and varied culture.
As we have seen in the previous chapter, there now came a period of violent competition which is remembered as the Dark Ages of the telephone business.
I shall find in him the Foreworld; in his childhood the Age of Gold, the Apples of Knowledge, the Argonautic Expedition, the calling of Abraham, the building of the Temple, the Advent of Christ, Dark Ages, the Revival of Letters, the Reformation, the discovery of new lands, the opening of new sciences and new regions in man.
I think it very interesting," replied Father Brown; "it reminds me of that interesting idea in the Dark Ages that blood would flow from a corpse if the murderer touched it.
What is neat about this concept is that a Dark Age is not an automatic fail state that you should quit out of to start a new Civ.