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 (tĕn′ə-brəs) also te·neb·ri·ous (tə-nĕb′rē-əs)
Dark and gloomy.

[Middle English, from Old French tenebreus, from Latin tenebrōsus, from tenebrae, darkness.]

ten′e·bros′i·ty (-brŏs′ĭ-tē) n.


(ˈtɛnəbrəs) or


gloomy, shadowy, or dark
[C15: from Latin tenebrōsus from tenebrae darkness]
tenebrosity, ˈtenebrousness, teˈnebriousness n


(ˈtɛn ə brəs)

also te•neb•ri•ous

(təˈnɛb ri əs)

dark; gloomy; obscure.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin tenebrōsus. See Tenebrae, -ous]
ten′e•brous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tenebrous - dark and gloomy; "a tenebrous cave"
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"
References in classic literature ?
An outburst of unchained fury, a vicious rush of the wind absolutely steadied the ship; she rocked only, quick and light like a child's cradle, for a terrific moment of suspense, while the whole atmosphere, as it seemed, streamed furiously past her, roaring away from the tenebrous earth.
And on her track the flowing tide of a tenebrous sea filled the house, seemed to swirl about his feet, and rising unchecked, closed silently above his head.
And in the hush that had fallen suddenly upon the whole sorrowful land, the immense wilderness, the colossal body of the fecund and mys- terious life seemed to look at her, pensive, as though it had been looking at the image of its own tenebrous and passionate soul.
And he meant it too, not because he was touched by the pathos of the pleading voice, but because he felt himself losing his footing in the depths of this tenebrous affair.
Today, the tenebrous tomb in the Collegiate Church, where he hoped to be interred, is a sepulchral souvenir of the Biblical Proverb: "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."
He and some friends traverse Paris through the city's underground infrastructure, where they meet fellow subterrestrial pilgrims ("cataphiles" they're called, at least in Paris), and reconnoiter peculiar evidence of people determined to leave their mark in this tenebrous turf.
Hanif demonstrates his finesse by dovetailing the tenebrous story of war with comic yet insightful scenes that bring tragicomic effects to the novel.
The tenebrous opening certainly signals the tragedy that is to come, but when it does, with Jack's death almost two hours later, there's nothing to deliver the gut wrench needed; Ennis's final monologue merely hints at the expressive world the music might have explored.
In Hommage a la memoire du peintre David, the master's "sublime painting," devoted to "eternal history," is set against the "black offspring of vaporous artists" who create "vile monsters, tenebrous specters, deformed executioners and livid nymphs." (15)
Which of us hasn't got a little hot under the collar at the thought of "ottery games in tenebrous pools"?
They recall their attempts to foment a revolution, illustrating their individual role and consequent centrality in a tenebrous episode in the country's history.