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Synonyms for dark

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  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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How to use dark in a sentence?

  1. Shigeyuki Asano:

    I'm most grateful to rescuers, i feel so relieved that I am now liberated from such a bad-smelling, dark place.

  2. Gavin Heffernan:

    There's no way to get around that issue when it comes to astrophotography because you're always having to run away from cities to get to dark skies.

  3. William Nee:

    The reprieve for Li Yan could prove a landmark verdict for future cases where domestic violence is a mitigating factor, yet, the continued persecution of five young activists that campaign to prevent violence against women casts a dark shadow on this ruling.

  4. Dale Baich:

    The purpose of the secrecy is to keep companies in the dark about the misuse of their products.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Visit the graveyards sometimes and read the headstone epitaphs! There is much to learn from the dark face of the life!

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