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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.
Melting skin dripped dreadfully from burning bodies and the bare bones of the screaming victims gleamed white in the darkness of a tenebrous tunnel leading from the fiery furnace sizzling with suffocating smoke.
The only still-life is also close by, a wonderfully tenebrous and complex Vanitas by Simon Renard de Saint-Andre.
It was while working on a series of small heads in clay to be cast in bronze that he found that he could transform the material into facsimiles of the earthy men and women who peopled his tenebrous tree-filled landscapes and often resembled village deities.
In fact, it is a woman who had come out of the tenebrous stillness of the falling dusk, whispering a prayer, "I'm sorry.
Its alternate title is "The Trail of the Tenebrous Tiara.
The wave [of warm reassurance that resulted from watching Zoolander] was more than a little tenebrous.
b) the choice of reporting the events in a non-linear way (Paolini) or adopting a circular structure (the closure of Arbex's book continues a story presented in the first chapter: that of Marlene Laureano, introduced as a young girl walking to the Colonia hospital for her tenebrous first day of work and then as a mature woman)