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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (6)

1. absence of light or illumination;
[syn: dark, darkness]

2. an unilluminated area;
- Example: "he moved off into the darkness"
[syn: darkness, dark, shadow]

3. absence of moral or spiritual values;
- Example: "the powers of darkness"
[syn: iniquity, wickedness, darkness, dark]

4. an unenlightened state;
- Example: "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"
- Example: "his lectures dispelled the darkness"
[syn: dark, darkness]

5. having a dark or somber color;

6. a swarthy complexion;
[syn: darkness, duskiness, swarthiness]

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Darkness \Dark"ness\, n. 1. The absence of light; blackness; obscurity; gloom. [1913 Webster] And darkness was upon the face of the deep. --Gen. i. 2. [1913 Webster] 2. A state of privacy; secrecy. [1913 Webster] What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light. --Matt. x. 27. [1913 Webster] 3. A state of ignorance or error, especially on moral or religious subjects; hence, wickedness; impurity. [1913 Webster] Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. --John. iii. 19. [1913 Webster] Pursue these sons of darkness: drive them out From all heaven's bounds. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. Want of clearness or perspicuity; obscurity; as, the darkness of a subject, or of a discussion. [1913 Webster] 5. A state of distress or trouble. [1913 Webster] A day of clouds and of thick darkness. --Joel. ii. 2. [1913 Webster] Prince of darkness, the Devil; Satan. "In the power of the Prince of darkness." --Locke. Syn: Darkness, Dimness, Obscurity, Gloom. Usage: Darkness arises from a total, and dimness from a partial, want of light. A thing is obscure when so overclouded or covered as not to be easily perceived. As tha shade or obscurity increases, it deepens into gloom. What is dark is hidden from view; what is obscure is difficult to perceive or penetrate; the eye becomes dim with age; an impending storm fills the atmosphere with gloom. When taken figuratively, these words have a like use; as, the darkness of ignorance; dimness of discernment; obscurity of reasoning; gloom of superstition. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

darkness n 1: absence of light or illumination [syn: dark, darkness] [ant: light, lighting] 2: an unilluminated area; "he moved off into the darkness" [syn: darkness, dark, shadow] 3: absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of darkness" [syn: iniquity, wickedness, darkness, dark] 4: an unenlightened state; "he was in the dark concerning their intentions"; "his lectures dispelled the darkness" [syn: dark, darkness] 5: having a dark or somber color [ant: lightness] 6: a swarthy complexion [syn: darkness, duskiness, swarthiness]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

129 Moby Thesaurus words for "darkness": Gothicism, ablepsia, adiaphanousness, age of ignorance, amaurosis, amorphousness, barbarism, benightedness, benightment, blackishness, blackness, bleakness, bleariness, blind side, blind spot, blindfolding, blinding, blindness, blur, blurriness, blurring the eyes, cataract, cecity, cloudiness, dark, dark age, dark of night, darkishness, darksomeness, defocus, depriving of sight, dim-sightedness, dimness, dismalness, dreariness, drop serene, duskiness, duskness, economic blindness, ever-during dark, excecation, eyelessness, faintness, feebleness, filminess, fog, fogginess, funereality, fuzziness, glaucoma, gloom, gloominess, graveness, gravity, grimness, gutta serena, half-visibility, haziness, heathenism, hoodwinking, imperviousness to light, indefiniteness, indeterminateness, indistinctness, indistinguishability, intransparency, lack of vision, low profile, making blind, mist, mistiness, mumbo jumbo, murk, murkiness, mystification, night, nighttide, nighttime, niphablepsia, obfuscation, obscurantism, obscuration, obscurity, opacity, opaque, opaqueness, paganism, paleness, partial blindness, perplexity, psychic blindness, reduced sight, roil, roiledness, sable night, sadness, savagery, semivisibility, shadowiness, shapelessness, sightless eyes, sightlessness, snow blindness, soberness, sobriety, soft focus, solemnity, somberness, soul-blindness, spiritual blindness, stone-blindness, swarth, swarthiness, swartness, total blindness, trachoma, turbidity, turbidness, uncertainty, unclarity, unclearness, unenlightenment, unplainness, unseeingness, vague appearance, vagueness, weakness, wearifulness, wearisomeness
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Darkness The plague (the ninth) of darkness in Egypt (Ex. 10:21) is described as darkness "which may be felt." It covered "all the land of Egypt," so that "they saw not one another." It did not extend to the land of Goshen (ver. 23). When Jesus hung upon the cross (Matt. 27:45; Luke 23:44), from the "sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour." On Mount Sinai, Moses (Ex. 20:21) "drew near unto the thick darkness where God was." This was the "thick cloud upon the mount" in which Jehovah was when he spake unto Moses there. The Lord dwelt in the cloud upon the mercy-seat (1 Kings 8:12), the cloud of glory. When the psalmist (Ps. 97:2) describes the inscrutable nature of God's workings among the sons of men, he says, "Clouds and darkness are round about him." God dwells in thick darkness. Darkness (Isa. 13:9, 10; Matt. 24:29) also is a symbol of the judgments that attend on the coming of the Lord. It is a symbol of misery and adversity (Job 18:6; Ps. 107:10; Isa. 8:22; Ezek. 30:18). The "day of darkness" in Joel 2:2, caused by clouds of locusts, is a symbol of the obscurity which overhangs all divine proceedings. "Works of darkness" are impure actions (Eph. 5:11). "Outer darkness" refers to the darkness of the streets in the East, which are never lighted up by any public or private lamps after nightfall, in contrast with the blaze of cheerful light in the house. It is also a symbol of ignorance (Isa. 9:2; 60:2; Matt. 6:23) and of death (Job 10:21; 17:13).