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
    informal

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

    rare

    nescient of

    ANTONYMS

    aware