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Synonyms for dark

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dark, darkness(noun)

    absence of light or illumination

    duskiness, shadow, darkness, swarthiness, night, nighttime, wickedness, iniquity

    lighting, light, lit, white, candent, lighting-up(a), bioluminescent, fluorescent, good-natured, pastel, pale, livid, palish, sunstruck, cheerful, blond, floodlighted, candescent, floodlit, bright, good, enlightened, luminescent, blonde, lamplit, light-colored, light-haired, ablaze(p), lighted, active, well-lighted, incandescent, comprehensible, comprehendible, autofluorescent, reddened, unconcealed, sunlit, powdery, phosphorescent, inflamed, illuminated

  2. iniquity, wickedness, darkness, dark(noun)

    absence of moral or spiritual values

    "the powers of darkness"

    swarthiness, immorality, shabbiness, sinfulness, lousiness, sin, ugliness, shadow, nighttime, iniquity, night, wickedness, evil, duskiness, unfairness, sliminess, repulsiveness, darkness, nefariousness, loathsomeness, vileness, injustice

    light, lighting, active, powdery, white, pastel, ablaze(p), blond, good-natured, blonde, good, floodlighted, well-lighted, cheerful, livid, comprehensible, enlightened, incandescent, comprehendible, reddened, luminescent, candent, phosphorescent, light-haired, inflamed, lighted, lit, autofluorescent, sunlit, illuminated, candescent, pale, light-colored, lamplit, floodlit, lighting-up(a), unconcealed, palish, bioluminescent, fluorescent, bright, sunstruck

  3. darkness, dark, shadow(noun)

    an unilluminated area

    "he moved off into the darkness"

    nighttime, fantasm, shadower, night, phantom, shadow, iniquity, tincture, wickedness, trace, phantasm, vestige, darkness, swarthiness, tail, phantasma, duskiness, apparition

    lighting, light, comprehendible, good, bioluminescent, blonde, active, sunstruck, lamplit, pastel, sunlit, unconcealed, inflamed, powdery, lighted, fluorescent, cheerful, light-colored, pale, illuminated, lit, comprehensible, candescent, floodlighted, palish, lighting-up(a), incandescent, livid, luminescent, candent, white, light-haired, ablaze(p), enlightened, well-lighted, blond, bright, reddened, autofluorescent, floodlit, phosphorescent, good-natured

  4. night, nighttime, dark(noun)

    the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside

    wickedness, nighttime, darkness, iniquity, night, shadow

    light, lighting, livid, candent, light-colored, reddened, floodlit, autofluorescent, light-haired, palish, bright, powdery, ablaze(p), sunlit, blonde, well-lighted, bioluminescent, comprehensible, comprehendible, cheerful, floodlighted, lighting-up(a), illuminated, lit, active, fluorescent, lighted, incandescent, white, inflamed, unconcealed, blond, good, luminescent, pale, sunstruck, enlightened, lamplit, candescent, phosphorescent, good-natured, pastel

  5. dark, darkness(adj)

    an unenlightened state

    "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness"

    duskiness, shadow, darkness, swarthiness, night, nighttime, wickedness, iniquity

    lighting, light, lamplit, cheerful, comprehensible, floodlit, powdery, white, phosphorescent, bright, active, lighting-up(a), floodlighted, light-colored, light-haired, well-lighted, bioluminescent, pastel, unconcealed, palish, pale, comprehendible, enlightened, lit, autofluorescent, candent, incandescent, ablaze(p), good-natured, blonde, fluorescent, blond, reddened, sunstruck, candescent, lighted, sunlit, good, luminescent, illuminated, livid, inflamed

  6. dark(adj)

    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"

    dreary, non-white, saturnine, sullen, dingy, drear, grim, sour, coloured, gloomy, morose, black, dismal, sinister, moody, drab, dark-skinned, benighted, dour, obscure, blue, glum, glowering, sorry, disconsolate

    lighting, light, white, palish, inflamed, comprehendible, blond, lamplit, good-natured, floodlighted, candent, pale, unconcealed, lit, blonde, pastel, reddened, luminescent, autofluorescent, sunstruck, incandescent, lighting-up(a), comprehensible, good, bright, powdery, ablaze(p), cheerful, well-lighted, lighted, enlightened, floodlit, light-haired, fluorescent, active, illuminated, phosphorescent, livid, candescent, light-colored, bioluminescent, sunlit

  7. dark(adj)

    (used of color) having a dark hue

    "dark green"; "dark glasses"; "dark colors like wine red or navy blue"

    dreary, non-white, saturnine, sullen, dingy, drear, grim, sour, coloured, gloomy, morose, black, dismal, sinister, moody, drab, dark-skinned, benighted, dour, obscure, blue, glum, glowering, sorry, disconsolate

    lighting, light, active, good-natured, inflamed, blond, blonde, pastel, comprehensible, powdery, pale, white, good, candescent, bioluminescent, phosphorescent, incandescent, lamplit, fluorescent, floodlighted, candent, bright, ablaze(p), sunstruck, lit, floodlit, lighted, well-lighted, luminescent, lighting-up(a), sunlit, light-colored, livid, illuminated, enlightened, reddened, unconcealed, autofluorescent, palish, light-haired, cheerful, comprehendible

  8. dark(adj)

    brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes)

    "dark eyes"

    dreary, non-white, saturnine, sullen, dingy, drear, grim, sour, coloured, gloomy, morose, black, dismal, sinister, moody, drab, dark-skinned, benighted, dour, obscure, blue, glum, glowering, sorry, disconsolate

    lighting, light, good, comprehensible, autofluorescent, candent, palish, cheerful, enlightened, lit, blond, powdery, pastel, floodlighted, white, inflamed, good-natured, luminescent, lighting-up(a), floodlit, light-colored, lighted, unconcealed, comprehendible, well-lighted, phosphorescent, pale, sunlit, incandescent, sunstruck, bioluminescent, candescent, lamplit, livid, active, ablaze(p), blonde, reddened, light-haired, fluorescent, illuminated, bright

  9. black, dark, sinister(adj)

    stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

    "black deeds"; "a black lie"; "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"; "Darth Vader of the dark side"; "a dark purpose"; "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"; "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy

    blackened, ominous, sullen, bootleg, black-market, disgraceful, calamitous, forbidding, dismal, moody, non-white, disconsolate, threatening, coloured, glum, fatal, dark-skinned, black, fateful, baleful, smuggled, inglorious, menacing, dim, pitch-dark, glowering, minatory, obscure, sour, pitch-black, grim, mordant, drab, benighted, contraband, shameful, saturnine, disastrous, smutty, ignominious, sorry, gloomy, morose, bleak, dingy, dreary, dour, drear, opprobrious, minacious, blue, sinister

    lighting, light, good-natured, sunlit, lighting-up(a), lighted, unconcealed, light-colored, cheerful, well-lighted, good, white, powdery, inflamed, lit, candescent, floodlit, ablaze(p), autofluorescent, bioluminescent, active, phosphorescent, candent, luminescent, floodlighted, livid, reddened, pastel, fluorescent, blond, blonde, enlightened, incandescent, pale, palish, bright, light-haired, comprehensible, lamplit, comprehendible, illuminated, sunstruck

  10. dark(adj)


    "keep it dark"

    dreary, non-white, saturnine, sullen, dingy, drear, grim, sour, coloured, gloomy, morose, black, dismal, sinister, moody, drab, dark-skinned, benighted, dour, obscure, blue, glum, glowering, sorry, disconsolate

    light, lighting, ablaze(p), autofluorescent, sunstruck, lamplit, white, cheerful, powdery, floodlit, pale, enlightened, fluorescent, pastel, palish, good-natured, comprehendible, good, lighting-up(a), blond, light-haired, sunlit, light-colored, candescent, comprehensible, well-lighted, candent, bright, reddened, lighted, lit, active, livid, phosphorescent, illuminated, inflamed, unconcealed, floodlighted, luminescent, bioluminescent, blonde, incandescent

  11. dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen(adj)

    showing a brooding ill humor

    "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd"

    pertinacious, heavy, forbidding, glum, sullen, dogged, moody, non-white, temperamental, threatening, coloured, disconsolate, dark-skinned, black, gloomy, drear, benighted, off, blue, glowering, obscure, sour, sinister, turned, grim, saturnine, tenacious, off-key, dour, false, unyielding, sorry, drab, dingy, dreary, dismal, persistent, lowering, rancid, morose

    light, lighting, bioluminescent, ablaze(p), sunstruck, lighted, illuminated, powdery, livid, cheerful, candescent, sunlit, fluorescent, luminescent, blonde, lit, inflamed, white, palish, blond, good, pastel, floodlighted, unconcealed, enlightened, good-natured, comprehensible, reddened, active, floodlit, comprehendible, pale, candent, lighting-up(a), light-haired, bright, phosphorescent, autofluorescent, lamplit, light-colored, incandescent, well-lighted

  12. benighted, dark(adj)

    lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture

    "this benighted country"; "benighted ages of barbarism and superstition"; "the dark ages"; "a dark age in the history of education"

    dreary, non-white, saturnine, sullen, dingy, drear, grim, sour, coloured, gloomy, morose, black, dismal, sinister, moody, drab, dark-skinned, benighted, dour, obscure, blue, glum, glowering, nighted, sorry, disconsolate

    light, lighting, fluorescent, well-lighted, white, phosphorescent, lighting-up(a), autofluorescent, pale, palish, floodlighted, ablaze(p), bioluminescent, candescent, cheerful, comprehendible, sunlit, powdery, bright, sunstruck, pastel, blonde, light-haired, lit, illuminated, good-natured, lighted, active, incandescent, lamplit, livid, floodlit, reddened, comprehensible, blond, candent, unconcealed, good, enlightened, luminescent, light-colored, inflamed

  13. dark, obscure(adj)

    marked by difficulty of style or expression

    "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"

    vague, sullen, unnoticeable, glum, dismal, moody, apart(p), coloured, disconsolate, dark-skinned, black, gloomy, benighted, non-white, blue, glowering, obscure, sour, unknown, sinister, grim, dour, hidden, saturnine, sorry, drab, dingy, isolated, dreary, drear, unsung, morose

    light, lighting, incandescent, unconcealed, pale, pastel, active, cheerful, blonde, well-lighted, lamplit, good-natured, inflamed, candescent, light-haired, bright, livid, powdery, autofluorescent, comprehendible, sunstruck, fluorescent, reddened, lit, enlightened, palish, light-colored, white, floodlit, comprehensible, good, luminescent, lighting-up(a), phosphorescent, blond, illuminated, bioluminescent, candent, lighted, sunlit, ablaze(p), floodlighted

  14. blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary(adj)

    causing dejection

    "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"

    black, blueish, non-white, gloomful, stern, unappeasable, ghastly, moody, forbidding, relentless, dingy, raunchy, bluish, mordant, sorry, risque, gruesome, depressed, dirty, gamey, down in the mouth, low, sinister, olive-drab, lamentable, muddied, unrelenting, sullen, juicy, sulky, bad, gloomy, meritless, low-spirited, saturnine, good-for-naught, dispirited, gamy, down(p), grisly, good-for-nothing, naughty, unconsolable, benighted, sad, muddy, sober, gentle, grubby, grungy, dark-skinned, aristocratic, inconsolable, racy, regretful, somber, spicy, blue-blooded, blue, puritanical, no-count, drear, macabre, disconsolate, no-account, dreary, grimy, coloured, inexorable, puritanic, aristocratical, no-good, deplorable, glowering, morose, pitiful, patrician, profane, blasphemous, sombre, drab, glum, unforgiving, glooming, sour, blue(a), downcast, downhearted, distressing, dour, obscure, sick, grim, dismal, begrimed

    light, lighting, inflamed, white, powdery, bright, lamplit, phosphorescent, pale, luminescent, good-natured, sunlit, pastel, autofluorescent, lighted, candescent, lit, blonde, blond, comprehendible, illuminated, reddened, unconcealed, candent, incandescent, fluorescent, livid, active, good, light-colored, palish, enlightened, sunstruck, lighting-up(a), comprehensible, cheerful, well-lighted, floodlighted, light-haired, floodlit, ablaze(p), bioluminescent

  15. colored, coloured, dark, dark-skinned, non-white(adj)

    having skin rich in melanin pigments

    "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People"; "dark-skinned peoples"

    biased, sullen, colorful, swart, glum, dismal, moody, non-white, coloured, disconsolate, dark-skinned, black, gloomy, benighted, blue, glowering, obscure, sour, sinister, dusky, grim, dingy, dour, saturnine, sorry, dyed, drab, slanted, swarthy, dreary, bleached, drear, one-sided, morose

    lighting, light, lighting-up(a), powdery, well-lighted, fluorescent, candent, pale, floodlighted, white, light-colored, candescent, blonde, blond, sunstruck, active, floodlit, phosphorescent, good, luminescent, cheerful, bright, livid, enlightened, sunlit, lamplit, unconcealed, light-haired, lighted, pastel, palish, autofluorescent, ablaze(p), comprehendible, good-natured, reddened, incandescent, illuminated, inflamed, bioluminescent, lit, comprehensible

  16. dark(adj)

    not giving performances; closed

    "the theater is dark on Mondays"

    dreary, non-white, saturnine, sullen, dingy, drear, grim, sour, coloured, gloomy, morose, black, dismal, sinister, moody, drab, dark-skinned, benighted, dour, obscure, blue, glum, glowering, sorry, disconsolate

    lighting, light, sunstruck, unconcealed, ablaze(p), bright, pastel, enlightened, white, livid, phosphorescent, active, candent, blond, lamplit, lighted, blonde, powdery, comprehensible, lit, incandescent, palish, floodlit, inflamed, pale, floodlighted, fluorescent, light-haired, candescent, luminescent, good-natured, good, cheerful, autofluorescent, light-colored, illuminated, comprehendible, well-lighted, lighting-up(a), reddened, sunlit, bioluminescent


  1. dark(adjective)

    hidden, sinister, secret

  2. dark(adjective)

    sinister, malign

  3. dark(adjective)


    bright, light, pale

  4. dark(adjective)

    Having an absolute or (more often) relative lack of light.

    The room was too dark for reading.

    gloomy, dim

    lit, light, bright

  5. dark(adjective)

    Conducive to hopelessness; depressing or bleak

    The Great Depression was a dark time.

    hopeless, pessimistic, negative

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dark

    Strictly, that which is black is absolutely destitute of color; that which is dark is absolutely destitute of light. In common speech, however, a coat is black, tho not optically colorless; the night is dark, tho the stars shine. That is obscure, shadowy, or shady from which the light is more or less cut off. Dusky is applied to objects which appear as if viewed in fading light; the word is often used, as are swart and swarthy, of the human skin when quite dark, or even verging toward black. Dim refers to imperfection of outline, from distance, darkness, mist, etc., or from some defect of vision. Opaque objects, as smoked glass, are impervious to light. Murky is said of that which is at once dark, obscure, and gloomy; as, a murky den; a murky sky. Figuratively, dark is emblematic of sadness, agreeing with somber, dismal, gloomy, also of moral evil; as, a dark deed. Of intellectual matters, dark is now rarely used in the old sense of a dark saying, etc. See MYSTERIOUS; OBSCURE.

    Compare synonyms for LIGHT.

    black, dim, dismal, dusky, gloomy, murky, mysterious, obscure, opaque, sable, shadowy, shady, somber, swart, swarthy

    bright, brilliant, clear, crystalline, dazzling, gleaming, glowing, illumined, light, lucid, luminous, radiant, shining, transparent, white

Editors Contribution

  1. evenfall

    it is dark out at evenfall.

    Submitted by rinat on August 14, 2019  
  2. melanochroic

    dark complexion is termed as melanochroic

    mafic rocks

    Submitted by gdalai on September 23, 2020  
  3. melony

    melony [mel-ony] as a girls' name is a greek name, and the name melony means "black, dark". melony is an alternate form of melanie (greek). associated with greek, black.

    Submitted by rinat on September 10, 2019  

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  1. Adam Bise:

    If you don't understand why you're a Light, you won't survive when it gets the Dark.

  2. Juta Gurinaviciute:

    NZX hosts many of New Zealand's largest companies, including Fonterra Co-operative Group, which produces over 2 billion liters of milk every year and is the world's largest dairy exporter. Overseas investors owned roughly 40% of the equities market as of December 2018.DDoS attacks aim to disrupt service by flooding a network with large volumes of internet traffic. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange suffered a DDoS attack in September last year, which forced it to suspend trading, while Nasdaq, CBOE and BATS were hit by DDoS attacks for several days in 2012 resulting in patchy access to their websites but no disruptions to trading.The motive for the attack on New Zealand's stock market remains unclear and the exchange has not provided further details. How to protect yourself from cyberattacks while working from homeThis type of attack is becoming much more common, as cybercriminals capitalize on the growth in public clouds and sell their services cheaply on the dark web. DDoS attacks surged 542% in the first quarter of this year, compared to the final three months of 2019, according to cyber security company Nexusguard.''One reason why DDoS attacks are so inexpensive is that more and more people that offer DDoS-for-hire services are leveraging the scale and bandwidth of public clouds.

  3. Nathan Gonzales:

    Trump is the shadow that has been cast over dozens of races in this county. the question is how dark will it be.

  4. H.W. Mann:

    In meditation, we can develop awareness. Our identity then shifts from thoughts and emotions to presence. Presence brings the dark into the light. The light is love. When we create from love, the greater good is done. We create heaven on earth. This is the future of mankind. This is spiritual evolution.

  5. Daniel Ives:

    It was a clear difference from years past as Nadella and Microsoft are more comfortable in their market positioning, growth, and strategy, given the success they have had in 2014 versus the dark days of the Ballmer era.

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