Synonyms of dark
1 dimDictionary • It was a dark and stormy night.
dim • The room was dim and cool and quiet.
murky • Their plane crashed in murky weather.
shady • After flowering, place the pot in a shady spot.
shadowy • I watched him from a shadowy corner.
grey • It was a grey, wet April Sunday.
cloudy • It was a cloudy, windy day.
dingy • He took me to his rather dingy office.
overcast • It was a cold, wintry, overcast afternoon.
dusky • He was walking down the road one dusky evening.
pitch-black • a pitch-black winter morning
indistinct • the indistinct murmur of voices
sunless • The day dawned sunless and with a low cloud base.
2 blackDictionary • a tall, dark and handsome stranger
black • He had thick black hair.
ebony • He had rich, soft ebony hair.
sable • thick sable lashes
dusky • I could see dusky girls with flowers about their necks.
swarthy • He had a broad swarthy face.
3 evilDictionary • magicians who harnessed dark powers
evil • the country's most evil criminals
foul • He is accused of all manner of foul deeds.
sinister • There was something sinister about him that she found disturbing.
infamous • He was infamous for his anti-feminist attitudes.
vile • a vile and despicable crime
satanic • satanic mass murders
wicked • She flew at me, shouting how evil and wicked I was.
atrocious • The treatment of the prisoners was atrocious.
hellish (informal) • He was held for three years in hellish conditions.
infernal (informal) • The post office is shut, which is an infernal bore.
nefarious • He was said to have committed other acts too nefarious to contemplate.
damnable (informal) • That's a damnable lie!
4 secretDictionary • the dark recesses of the mind
secret • a secret code
deep • a deep, dark secret
hidden • Uncover hidden meanings and discover special messages.
mysterious • He died in mysterious circumstances.
concealed • He was filmed with a concealed camera.
obscure • The contract is written in obscure language.
enigmatic • She starred in one of Welles's most enigmatic films.
puzzling • His letter poses a number of puzzling questions.
occult • organizations which campaign against paganism and occult practices
arcane • the arcane world of contemporary music
cryptic • I wondered just what he meant by that cryptic remark.
abstruse • Meetings keep reverting to discussions about abstruse resolutions.
recondite • Her poems are recondite in subject matter.
5 gloomyDictionary • His endless chatter kept me from thinking dark thoughts.
gloomy • He is gloomy about the fate of the economy.
sad • The loss left me feeling sad and empty.
grim • the tower blocks on the city's grim edges
miserable • She went to bed, miserable and depressed.
low • 'I didn't ask for this job, you know,' he tells friends when he is low.
bleak • The immediate outlook remains bleak.
moody • Don't go all moody on me!
dismal • You can't occupy yourself with dismal thoughts all the time.
pessimistic • his excessively pessimistic view of life
melancholy • It was at this time of day that he felt most melancholy.
sombre • The pair were in sombre mood.
morbid • He was in no mood for any morbid introspection.
glum • What are you both looking so glum about?
mournful • He looked mournful, even near to tears.
morose • She was morose, pale and reticent.
joyless • His work load had become so enormous that life seemed joyless.
doleful • He stared over his glasses with a doleful look.
cheerless • The kitchen was a dank and cheerless room.
6 angryDictionary • He shot her a dark glance.
angry • Under the angry red sky he ran, into the thickening darkness.
threatening • a threatening atmosphere of rising tension and stress
forbidding • There was something severe and forbidding about her face.
ominous • There was an ominous silence at the other end of the phone.
dour • a dour, taciturn man
sullen • The offenders lapsed into a sullen silence.
1 darkness • I've always been afraid of the dark.
darkness • The room was plunged into darkness.
gloom • the gloom of a foggy November morning
dusk (poetic) • She turned and disappeared into the dusk.
obscurity • the vast branches vanished into deep indigo obscurity above my head
2 nightDictionary • after dark
night • We spent the night at his house.
twilight • They returned at twilight and set off for the bar.
evening • Finally, towards late evening, the carnival entered its final stage.
evo (Australian, slang)
dusk • We arrived home at dusk.
nightfall • We started work at dawn and stopped at nightfall.
IDIOM:▷ in the dark
PROVERB:The darkest hour is just before the dawn
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
abstruseYou can describe something as abstruse if you find it difficult to understand, especially when you think it could be explained more simply.
• Meetings keep reverting to discussions about abstruse resolutions.
clear as mud (informal)
clear as mud (informal)
angryIf you describe the sky or sea as angry, you mean that it is dark and stormy.
• Under the angry red sky he ran, into the thickening darkness.
arcaneSomething that is arcane is secret or mysterious.
• the arcane world of contemporary music
Thesaurus for dark from the Collins English Thesaurus
having little or no light