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Synonyms of dark in English:


  • 1 a dark night
    [Antonyms] bright
  • 2 keep it dark a dark secret
  • 3 dark hair
    [Antonyms] blonde
  • 4 dark skin
    swarthy, sallow, olive, dusky, black, ebony;
    tanned, bronzed, suntanned, sunburned;
    [Antonyms] pale
  • 5 the dark days of the war
    dire, ghastly, awful, unfortunate, dreadful, horrible, terrible, horrific, hideous, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, gruesome, grisly, monstrous, nightmarish, heinous, harrowing;
    wretched, woeful
    literary direful
    [Antonyms] happy
  • 6 my mind is full of dark thoughts
    despairing, despondent, depressed, dejected, demoralized, hopeless, cheerless, joyless, melancholy, glum, lugubrious, Eeyorish, grave, funereal, morose, mournful, doleful, suspicious, distrustful, doubting, alarmist
    [Antonyms] optimistic
  • 7 Matthew flashed a dark look at her
    moody, brooding, sullen, dour, glum, morose, sulky, frowning, scowling, glowering, angry, forbidding, threatening, ominous
    [Antonyms] kindly
  • 8 so many dark deeds had been committed a dark secret
    evil, wicked, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous;
    ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, godless, base, mean, vile;
    shameful, discreditable, unspeakable, foul, monstrous, shocking, outrageous, atrocious, abominable, reprehensible, hateful, detestable, despicable, odious, contemptible, horrible, heinous, execrable, diabolical, diabolic, fiendish, vicious, murderous, barbarous, black, rotten, perverted, reprobate, sordid, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, dishonourable, dishonest, unscrupulous, unprincipled
    informal crooked, bent, warped, low-down, stinking, dirty, shady
    Law  malfeasant
    rare dastardly, peccable, egregious, flagitious
    [Antonyms] good, virtuous
  • noun

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  • 1 he's afraid of the dark
    [Antonyms] light
  • 2 as dark fell, the street lights went on she only went out after dark
    night, night-time, darkness, hours of darkness;
    nightfall, evening, twilight, sunset
    [Antonyms] day, dawn
  • Phrases

    in the dark
    informal we're being kept in the dark about what is happening
    [Antonyms] aware
    unaware of, ignorant of, in ignorance of, oblivious to, uninformed about, unenlightened about, unacquainted with, unconversant with
    rare nescient of
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