Synonyms of dark in English:

dark


See definition of dark

adjective

1‘a dark night’

SYNONYMS

black, pitch-black, pitch-dark, inky, jet-black, unlit, unlighted, unilluminated, ill-lit, poorly lit

starless, moonless, dim, dingy, gloomy, dusky, indistinct, shadowy, shady

leaden, overcast, sunless

literary crepuscular, tenebrous

rare Stygian, Cimmerian, Tartarean, caliginous

ANTONYMS

bright

2‘keep it dark’

SYNONYMS

mysterious, secret, hidden, concealed, veiled, unrevealed, covert, clandestine

enigmatic, arcane, esoteric, obscure, abstruse, recondite, recherché, inscrutable, impenetrable, opaque, incomprehensible, cryptic

black

3‘dark hair’

SYNONYMS

brunette, dark brown, auburn, tawny, copper-coloured, coppery, chestnut, chestnut-coloured, jet-black, sable, ebony

dark-haired

ANTONYMS

blonde

4‘dark skin’

SYNONYMS

swarthy, sallow, olive, dusky, black, ebony

tanned, bronzed, suntanned, sunburned

dark-skinned

ANTONYMS

pale

5‘the dark days of the war’

SYNONYMS

tragic, disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, ruinous, devastating

dire, ghastly, awful, unfortunate, dreadful, horrible, terrible, horrific, hideous, horrendous, frightful, atrocious, abominable, abhorrent, gruesome, grisly, monstrous, nightmarish, heinous, harrowing

wretched, woeful

literary direful

ANTONYMS

happy

6‘my mind is full of dark thoughts’

SYNONYMS

gloomy, dismal, pessimistic, negative, defeatist, downbeat, gloom-ridden, cynical, bleak, grim, fatalistic, black, sombre, drab, dreary

despairing, despondent, depressed, dejected, demoralized, hopeless, cheerless, joyless, melancholy, glum, lugubrious, Eeyorish, grave, funereal, morose, mournful, doleful, suspicious, distrustful, doubting, alarmist

ANTONYMS

optimistic

7‘Matthew flashed a dark look at her’

SYNONYMS

moody, brooding, sullen, dour, glum, morose, sulky, frowning, scowling, glowering, angry, forbidding, threatening, ominous

ANTONYMS

kindly

8‘so many dark deeds had been committed’

SYNONYMS

evil, wicked, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous

ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, godless, base, mean, vile

shameful, discreditable, unspeakable, foul, monstrous, shocking, outrageous, atrocious, abominable, reprehensible, hateful, detestable, despicable, odious, contemptible, horrible, heinous, execrable, diabolical, diabolic, fiendish, vicious, murderous, barbarous, black, rotten, perverted, reprobate, sordid, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, dishonourable, dishonest, unscrupulous, unprincipled

informal crooked, bent, warped, low-down, stinking, dirty, shady

malfeasant

rare dastardly, peccable, egregious, flagitious

ANTONYMS

good, virtuous


noun

1‘he's afraid of the dark’

SYNONYMS

darkness, blackness, absence of light, gloom, gloominess, dimness, dullness, murk, murkiness, shadowiness, shadow, shade, shadiness, dusk, twilight, gloaming

rare tenebrosity

ANTONYMS

light

2‘as dark fell, the street lights went on’

SYNONYMS

night, night-time, darkness, hours of darkness

nightfall, evening, twilight, sunset

ANTONYMS

day, dawn


Phrases

    in the dark

      ‘we're being kept in the dark about what is happening’

      SYNONYMS

      unaware of, ignorant of, in ignorance of, oblivious to, uninformed about, unenlightened about, unacquainted with, unconversant with

      rare

      nescient of

      ANTONYMS

      aware