One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The quality of being dark or shadowy.
dark, blackness, absence of light, gloom, gloominess, dimness, dullness, murk, murkiness, shadowiness, shadow, shade, shadiness, dusk, twilight, gloamingView synonyms
- ‘The moonlight glistened across the endless tenebrosity that surrounded the ship in the late hours of the night.’
- ‘Mr. Baldwin was joined by Mr. Asquith in his condemnation of the tenebrosity of the Government statements.’
- ‘The tenebrosity was split by occasional strands of bright light that were now lying across her cheek, her chest, her legs and her ankles.’
- ‘In this vast emptiness and profound tenebrosity, no images could be formed.’
- ‘Whirling around, Maria scrutinised the tenebrosity stretching before her.’
Late Middle English: from Old French ténébrosité, from Latin tenebrosus, from tenebrae ‘darkness’.
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