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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 ?
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 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 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.
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.
Johnny McKnight, better known for his out and out comedy roles, proved he is not a one trick pony - switching from saccharinely nauseating Sonny to the much more tenebrous Peter.
Not to be defined by the dominant fruits, the mid-palate reveals a compelling extension of tenebrous earth notes.
In other contributions, [6-7] we argued that the appearance of the other as a dim and fuzzy person or as a tenebrous and suspect one is a key feature of the life-world of persons affected by dysphoric mood.
Dore's grounding in caricature feeds into his illustration--for example the grotesque features of Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel--and mingles with something more tenebrous.
We are in our very own heartland here, in Kentucky and Indiana, from the middle of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, and it is a very tenebrous place indeed.
Its liminal use of stage space to signify the shadowy realm of the afterdeath that Bridget now inhabits seems long familiar to those acquainted with Beckett's later works, as does its final vignette "evoking an apparently endless moment of waiting" (161), which echoes not only Waiting for Godot but especially his later plays and novels set in the similarly tenebrous afterdeath, including Play and The Unnamable.
In fact, pro-gun lobbyists might argue that any ban on the sale of firearms would actually exacerbate the situation, because it would push weapons-seekers towards the tenebrous criminal underworld, where vendors rarely ask for ID or seek proof of sanity before they hand over a weapon.