Definition of Dark Ages in English:

Dark Ages

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1The period in western Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire and the high Middle Ages, circa 500–1100 ad, during which Germanic tribes swept through Europe and North Africa, often attacking and destroying towns and settlements. It was judged to have been a time of relative unenlightenment, though scholarship was kept alive in the monasteries and learning was encouraged at the courts of Charlemagne and Alfred the Great.
1.1A period of supposed unenlightenment: a throwback to the dark ages of computing
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  • The fifteenth and sixteenth centuries are the dark ages of Armenia.
  • The Venetian-Norman alliance, in the new dark ages of the 14th Century, created the opening in which the 15th Century Renaissance occurred.
  • That would take us back to the dark ages, to the period prior to the Magna Carta.
1.2 (the dark ages) humorous or derogatory An obscure or little-regarded period in the past, especially as characterizing an outdated attitude or practice: the judge is living in the dark ages
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  • It's depressing in the extreme that this dark ages attitude is still alive and well in 2001.
  • When will we wake up one day and say to ourselves that thank God we have gone past the dark ages?
  • Offering business ‘service training’ for their customer contact personal so that they can offer service rather than the take or leave it attitude that is a hangover from the dark ages.
2 Archaeology A period in Greece and the Aegean from the end of the Bronze Age until the beginning of the historical period. There was no building of palaces and fortresses, and the art of writing was apparently lost.

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