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Synonyms for dim
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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. dim

    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.

    Synonyms:
    black, dark, dismal, dusky, gloomy, murky, mysterious, obscure, opaque, sable, shadowy, shady, somber, swart, swarthy

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dim, subduedadjective

    lacking in light; not bright or harsh

    "a dim light beside the bed"; "subdued lights and soft music"

    Synonyms:
    dull, low-key, hushed, dumb, dense, muted, soft, dimmed, black, quiet, vague, subdued, low-keyed, faint, wispy, obtuse, shadowy, bleak, slow

    Antonyms:
    light, smart, distinct, hopeful

  2. dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispyadjective

    lacking clarity or distinctness

    "a dim figure in the distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood"

    Synonyms:
    weak, shady, dull, wraithlike, dumb, shadowed, dense, faint-hearted, timid, undefined, swooning, dimmed, black, umbrageous, vague, fainthearted, subdued, feeble, faint, lightheaded, obscure, wispy, obtuse, light, shadowy, light-headed, wisplike, bleak, slow

    Antonyms:
    distinct, hopeful, smart, light

  3. dimmed, dimadjective

    made dim or less bright

    "the dimmed houselights brought a hush of anticipation"; "dimmed headlights"; "we like dimmed lights when we have dinner"

    Synonyms:
    faint, dull, obtuse, shadowy, dense, slow, vague, dumb, dimmed, wispy, black, bleak, subdued

    Antonyms:
    hopeful, light, distinct, smart

  4. black, bleak, dimadjective

    offering little or no hope

    "the future looked black"; "prospects were bleak"; "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge; "took a dim view of things"

    Synonyms:
    blackened, cutting, fatal, subdued, bootleg, faint, disgraceful, slow, calamitous, dumb, dark, dense, bare, raw, black, fateful, wispy, smuggled, inglorious, desolate, pitch-dark, pitch-black, grim, mordant, stark, dull, contraband, dimmed, shameful, disastrous, smutty, shadowy, barren, ignominious, vague, bleak, black-market, opprobrious, obtuse, sinister

    Antonyms:
    hopeful, distinct, smart, light

  5. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slowverb

    slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

    "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students"

    Synonyms:
    vague, ho-hum, muted, sluggish, subdued, deadening, faint, mute, slow, thudding, boring, dumb, dense, irksome, black, silent, wispy, heavy, purblind, muffled, tedious, impenetrable, dull, dimmed, speechless, shadowy, tiresome, softened, bleak, thick, wearisome, obtuse, leaden

    Antonyms:
    light, distinct, smart, hopeful

  6. dim, dipverb

    switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam

    Synonyms:
    plunge, blur, douse, souse, dip, slur, duck, sink, blind, dunk

    Antonyms:
    light, smart, hopeful, distinct

  7. dimverb

    become dim or lusterless

    "the lights dimmed and the curtain rose"

    Synonyms:
    slur, blind, blur, dip

    Antonyms:
    light, distinct, smart, hopeful

  8. dimverb

    make dim or lusterless

    "Time had dimmed the silver"

    Synonyms:
    slur, blind, blur, dip

    Antonyms:
    hopeful, distinct, smart, light

  9. blind, dimverb

    make dim by comparison or conceal

    Synonyms:
    slur, blind, blur, dip

    Antonyms:
    distinct, smart, light, hopeful

  10. blur, dim, slurverb

    become vague or indistinct

    "The distinction between the two theories blurred"

    Synonyms:
    smear, glaze over, smudge, slur, blur, blear, dip, obnubilate, obscure, blind, confuse, film over, smutch

    Antonyms:
    light, distinct, smart, hopeful

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. dimadjective

    Synonyms:
    dusky, dark, obscure, shadowy, cloudy, not luminous

  2. dimadjective

    Synonyms:
    dull, obtuse, slow to see

  3. dimadjective

    Synonyms:
    darkened, obscured, clouded, faint, confused, shorn of its beams

  4. dimverb

    Synonyms:
    darken, obscure, cloud

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. dimadjective

    Synonyms:
    obscure, indistinct, faint, sullied, blurred

    Antonyms:
    bright, vivid, intense, clear

  2. dimverb

    Synonyms:
    bedim, obscure, darken, dull, eclipse, blur, tarnish

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How to use dim in a sentence?

  1. Martin Schulz:

    Such small-minded skirmishes are the business of people who took a whole city hostage for their dim-wittedness in an almost terrorist manner.

  2. Fifth Avenue:

    Total nonsense, they got caught and they’re trying to figure out what to say to dim it a little bit.

  3. Denise Campbell Mays:

    Be careful when dealing with Shade. It will eventually dim your light☼

  4. Miha Hribenik:

    The prospects of North Korea dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals remain as dim as ever, once the cameras are switched off and the enthusiasm over Friday's summit declaration -- which promises a peaceful and nuclear-free Korean peninsula -- subsides, both sides will need to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

  5. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    Where are we then? The religionists are the enemies of liberty, and the friends of liberty attack religion; the high-minded and the noble advocate subjection, and the meanest and most servile minds preach independence; honest and enlightened citizens are opposed to all progress, whilst men without patriotism and without principles are the apostles of civilization and intelligence. Has such been the fate of the centuries which have preceded our own? and has man always inhabited a world like the present, where nothing is linked together, where virtue is without genius, and genius without honor; where the love of order is confounded with a taste for oppression, and the holy rites of freedom with a taste for law; where the light thrown by conscience on human actions is dim, and where nothing seems to be any longer forbidden or allowed, honorable or shameful, false or true?


Translations for dim

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  • خافتArabic
  • помътнявам, замъглен, потъмнявам, неясен, мътенBulgarian
  • tmavý, mdlýCzech
  • schummrig, dämmerig, dämlichGerman
  • σκοτεινός, θολός, θαμπός, δυσδιάκριτος, αμυδρός, θαμπώνω, κουτός, θολώνωGreek
  • malheliEsperanto
  • tenue, tontoSpanish
  • himmeäFinnish
  • bête, indistinct, ternir, tamisé, faible, flouFrench
  • כההHebrew
  • homályos, fénytelen, színtelen, opálos, ködbe vesző, elmosódottHungarian
  • tonto, fioca, annebbiare, indistinta, oscuro, tonta, offuscare, fioco, debole, oscura, indistinto, affievolirsi, annerire, affievolire, abbassareItalian
  • ほの暗い, 薄暗いJapanese
  • blāvsLatvian
  • dimmen, dom, afblinden, schemerig, verduisteren, schemerachtig, mat, donker, vaagDutch
  • dimt, dim, dimmeNorwegian
  • Fraco, indistinto, escurecer, ofuscar, obtuso, sombrio, burro, opacoPortuguese
  • tern, vagRomanian
  • неясный, тусклый, тупой, затемнять, тускнеть, смутныйRussian
  • మసకTelugu
  • สลัวThai
  • тусклоUkrainian
  • 暗淡Chinese

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