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Dark, adj., 1) void of light: “'tis d.” Ven. 719. “it grows d.” LLL V, 2, 633. “I should wish it d.” Merch. V, 304. “d. night,” Ven. 727. Lucr. 729. 1625 Pilgr. 200. Wiv. V, 2, 13. Ado III, 3, 167. LLL I, 1, 45. Mids. III, 2, 177. H6B I, 4, 19. “earth's d. womb,” Lucr. 549. “d. harbour,” Lucr. 549 “desert,” Lucr. 549 “your light grows d.” LLL I, 1, 79. “corners,” Meas. IV, 3, 164. “vault,” Err. V, 247 etc. Superl. “--est:” Shr. IV, 3, 175. Hml. V, 2, 267. -- Madmen kept in a dark house or room: Err. IV, 4, 97. V, 247. As III, 2, 421. Tw. III, 4, 148. V, 350.
2) opposed to fair: “art as black as hell, as d. as night,” Sonn. 147, 14. “a light condition in a beauty d.” LLL V, 2, 20. “an her hair were not somewhat --er than Helen's,” Troil. I, 1, 41. cf. R2 I, 1, 169.
3) gloomy, dismal: “with a heavy, d., disliking eye,” Ven. 182. “what freezings have I felt, what d. days seen,” Sonn. 97, 3. “his affections d. as Erebos,” Merch. V, 87. “war is no strife to the d. house and the detested wife,” All's II, 3, 309. “d. dishonour,” R2 I, 1, 169. “death, that d. spirit,” Cor. II, 1, 177. this d. monarchy (hell), R3 I, 4, 51. “the fate of that d. hour,” Mcb. III, 1, 138. “fortune,” Cymb. III, 4, 147. “more d. and d. our woes,” Rom. III, 5, 36.
4) indiscernible, obscure, not known: “if thou destroy them not in d. obscurity,” Ven. 760. “in the d. backward and abysm of time,” Tp. I, 2, 50. “the duke would have d. deeds darkly answered,” Meas. III, 2, 187. “what's your d. meaning,” LLL V, 2, 19. “d. oblivion,” R3 III, 7, 129. “our --er purpose,” Lr. I, 1, 37. -- Hence == mean: “if you could wear a mind d. as your fortune is,” Cymb. III, 4, 147; cf. R2 I, 1, 169.
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