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adj. dark·er, dark·est
a. Lacking or having very little light: a dark corner.
b. Lacking brightness: a dark day.
c. Reflecting only a small fraction of incident light; tending toward black: dark clothing.
d. Served without milk or cream: dark coffee.
2. Being or having a complexion that is not light in color.
3. Sullen or threatening: a dark scowl.
a. Characterized by gloom or pessimism; dismal or bleak: a dark day for the economy; dark predictions of what lies in store.
b. Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor.
a. Unknown or concealed; mysterious: a dark secret; the dark workings of the unconscious.
b. Lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture: a dark age in the history of education.
a. Evil in nature or effect; sinister: "churned up dark undercurrents of ethnic and religious hostility" (Peter Maas).
b. Morally corrupt; vicious: dark deeds; a dark past.
7. Having richness or depth: a dark, melancholy vocal tone.
8. Not giving performances; closed: The movie theater is dark on Mondays.
9. Linguistics Pronounced with the back of the tongue raised toward the velum. Used of the sound (l) in words like full.
1. Absence of light.
2. A place having little or no light.
3. Night; nightfall: home before dark.
4. A deep hue or color.
5. darks Pieces of laundry having a dark color.
in the dark
1. In secret: high-level decisions made in the dark.
2. In a state of ignorance; uninformed: kept me in the dark about their plans.

[Middle English derk, from Old English deorc.]

dark′ish adj.
dark′ly adv.
dark′ness n.
Synonyms: dark, dim, murky, dusky, shady, shadowy
These adjectives indicate the absence of light or clarity. Dark, the most widely applicable, can refer to a lack or near lack of illumination (a dark night), deepness of shade or color (dark brown), somberness (a dark mood), or immorality (a dark past). Dim means having or producing little light (dim shadows; a dim light bulb) and further suggests lack of sharpness or clarity: "the terrible dim faces known in dreams" (Carson McCullers)."tales now dim and half forgotten" (Jane Stevenson).
Murky refers to a thick or clouded darkness: "Dolphins use sonar beams to navigate the murky depths of the ocean" (Tim Hilchey).
Like dim, it is also used of what is indistinct or uncertain: "Modern warfare is murky, and with no clear frontlines, the distinction between combat and support can become meaningless" (Kristin Henderson).
Dusky suggests a subdued half-light: "The dusky night rides down the sky, / And ushers in the morn" (Henry Fielding).
It can also refer to deepness or darkness of color: "A dusky blush rose to her cheek" (Edith Wharton).
Shady refers literally to what is sheltered from light, especially sunlight (a shady grove of pines) or figuratively to what is of questionable honesty (shady business deals). Shadowy also implies obstructed light (an ill-lit, shadowy street) but may refer to what is indistinct or little known: "[He] retreated from the limelight to the shadowy fringe of music history" (Charles Sherman).
It can also refer to something that seems to lack substance and is mysterious or sinister: a shadowy figure in a black cape.
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(ˈdɑrk li)

1. so as to appear dark.
2. vaguely; mysteriously.
3. in a vaguely threatening or menacing manner: to hint darkly of hidden dangers.
4. imperfectly; faintly.
[before 1000]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.darkly - without light; "the river was sliding darkly under the mist"
2.darkly - in a dark glowering menacing manner; "he stared darkly at her"
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[ˈdɑːklɪ] ADV (= mysteriously) → enigmáticamente; (= threateningly) → de manera amenazante
the newspapers hinted darkly at conspiracieslos periódicos hacían enigmáticas referencias a conspiraciones
"we'll see," he said darkly-ya veremos -dijo en tono amenazante
darkly comiclleno de humor negro
the freckles stood out darkly against her pale skinlas pecas resaltaban oscuras en su blanca piel
a darkly handsome manun atractivo hombre moreno
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈdɑːrkli] adv
[comic, funny] → sombrement
(= gloomily) [say, mutter, add] → mélancoliquement
[handsome, beautiful] a darkly handsome man → un beau brun
a darkly beautiful woman → une belle brunedark matter n (ASTRONOMY)matière f noire
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adv (+vb) → düster, finster; (+adj) → auf finstere Weise; to mutter/hint darklydunkle Bemerkungen/Andeutungen machen; a darkly comic novelein finster-komischer Roman
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈdɑːklɪ] adv (sinisterly) → minacciosamente; (gloomily) → cupamente, con aria cupa
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Cold from its source the stream meanders Darkly down through the oleanders, All night long in dream I lie, Ah me!
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"It isn't that kind of pain," Peter replied darkly.
Yet is it bright with many a gem; i, the wearer, see not its far flashings; but darkly feel that i wear that, that dazzlingly confounds.
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I was free to play my last card in the game--the darkly doubtful game which was neither quite for me nor quite against me as the chances now stood.
Another verse of the hymn arose, a slow and mournful strain, such as the pious love, but joined to words which expressed all that our nature can conceive of sin, and darkly hinted at far more.