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dark adj.: S. is the earliest authority (in the mod. period) for the senses ‘iniquitous, evil’ (R2 I. i. 169), ‘gloomy, dismal’ (Mer.V. V. i. 87, Rom. III. v. 36), ‘frowning, clouded’ (Ven. 182), ‘indistinct, indiscernible’ (Tp. I. ii. 50, Ven. 760), ‘concealed, secret’ (Lr. I. i. 38); also for “ house, room,” formerly considered a proper place of confinement for madmen Err. IV. iv. 96, AYL. III. ii. 427; similarly “keep him ,” keep him confined in a dark room All'sW. IV. i. 101.
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