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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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D'ARK, adjective

1. Destitute of light; obscure. A dark atmosphere is one which prevents vision.

2. Wholly or partially black; having the quality opposite to white; as a dark color or substance.

3. Gloomy; disheartening; having unfavorable prospects; as a dark time in political affairs.

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of

heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark

hour of adversity. Irving.

4. Obscure; not easily understood or explained; as a dark passage in an author; a dark saying.

5. Mysterious; as, the ways of Providence are often dark to human reason.

6. Not enlightened with knowledge; destitute of learning and science; rude; ignorant; as a dark age.

7. Not vivid; partially black. Leviticus 13:6

8. Blind.

9. Gloomy; not cheerful; as a dark temper.

10. Obscure; concealed; secret; not understood; as a dark design.

11. Unclean; foul.

12. Opake. But dark and opake are not synonymous. Chalk is opake, but not dark

13. Keeping designs concealed.

The dark unrelenting Tiberius. Gibbon.

D'ARK, noun

1. Darkness; obscurity; the absence of light. We say we can hear in the dark

Shall the wonders be known in the dark? Ps.

1xxxviii.

2. Obscurity; secrecy; a state unknown; as, things done in the dark

3. Obscurity; a state of ignorance; as, we are all in the dark

D'ARK, verb transitive

1. To make dark; to deprive of light; as, close the shutters and darken the room.

2. To obscure; to cloud.

His confidence seldom darkened his foresight.

Bacon.

3. To make black.

The locusts darkened the land. Exodus 10:1.

4. To make dim; to deprive of vision.

Let their eyes be darkened. Romans 11:10.

5. To render gloomy; as, all joy is darkened. Isaiah 24:1.

6. To deprive of intellectual vision; to render ignorant or stupid.

Their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21.

Having the understanding darkened. Ephesians 4:1.

7. To obscure; to perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words

without knowledge? Job 38:1.

8. To render less white or clear; to tan; as, a burning sun darkens the complexion.

9. To sully; to make foul.