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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Darkness  \Dark"ness\,  n. 
  1.  The  absence  of  light;  blackness;  obscurity;  gloom. 
 
  And  darkness  was  upon  the  face  of  the  deep.  --Gen. 
  i.  2. 
 
  2.  A  state  of  privacy;  secrecy. 
 
  What  I  tell  you  in  darkness,  that  speak  ye  in  light. 
  --Matt.  x.  27. 
 
  3.  A  state  of  ignorance  or  error,  especially  on  moral  or 
  religious  subjects;  hence  wickedness;  impurity. 
 
  Men  loved  darkness  rather  than  light,  because  their 
  deeds  were  evil.  --John.  iii. 
  19. 
 
  Pursue  these  sons  of  darkness:  drive  them  out  From 
  all  heaven's  bounds.  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Want  of  clearness  or  perspicuity;  obscurity;  as  the 
  darkness  of  a  subject,  or  of  a  discussion. 
 
  5.  A  state  of  distress  or  trouble. 
 
  A  day  of  clouds  and  of  thick  darkness.  --Joel.  ii 
  2. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  darkness 
  n  1:  absence  of  light  or  illumination  [syn:  {dark}]  [ant:  {light}] 
  2:  an  unilluminated  area;  "he  moved  off  into  the  darkness" 
  [syn:  {dark},  {shadow}] 
  3:  absence  of  moral  or  spiritual  values;  "the  powers  of 
  darkness"  [syn:  {iniquity},  {wickedness},  {dark}] 
  4:  an  unenlightened  state;  "he  was  in  the  dark  concerning  their 
  intentions";  "his  lectures  dispelled  the  darkness"  [syn:  {dark}] 
  5:  having  a  dark  or  somber  color  [ant:  {lightness}] 
  6:  a  swarthy  complexion  [syn:  {duskiness},  {swarthiness}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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). 
 




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