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Definition of darkness noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the state of being dark, without any light After a few minutes our eyes got used to the darkness. The house was plunged into total darkness when the electricity was cut off. The sun went down and darkness fell (= it became night). There is an extra hour of darkness on winter mornings. Her face was in darkness. They managed to escape under cover of darkness.
  2. 2the quality or state of being dark in color It depends on the darkness of your skin.
  3. 3(literary) evil the forces of darkness
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: darkness