Definition of caliginous in US English:



  • Misty, dim; obscure, dark.

    ‘the caliginous sky’
    • ‘Women walked behind men and liberation was not even a faint mirage on a caliginous, feminist horizon for un’ Americana in post-war Italy.’
    • ‘Then it happened, as I didn't expect it would as they lowered the coffin into the crepuscular and caliginous hole we all stood above the coffin holding a clod of dirt, ready to scatter it over the firm wood.’
    • ‘Somehow, the caliginous man's intimidating demeanor always failed to discourage or frighten Josh, much less hamper his cheery, gossiping attitude.’
    • ‘He sat in the dark with a single candle glowing on his desk, facing his computer monitor which was emitting an ethereal light to his head in the caliginous night.’
    • ‘The gargantuan black clouds were overcast by a dense, opaque fog, ever converging, camouflaged with the caliginous sky that surrounded.’
    • ‘His precise features were hidden beneath the caliginous atmosphere of the night, but I could see by the distant lights that he was a tall, willowy figure with light muscles.’
    • ‘He bled into the darkness between every light plastered on the ceiling, only displaying his head and shoulders in the caliginous luminosity, fading back to darkness as he walked forward.’
    • ‘His films are more caliginous dream states than easily explained allegories.’
    • ‘Soft, orange-pink rays of sunlight gradually bathed the caliginous streets.’


Mid 16th-century: from Latin caliginosus ‘misty’, from caligo, caligin- ‘mistiness’.