Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dark and gloomy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dark and gloomy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dark; gloomy; dusky; tenebrious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dark; gloomy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. dark and gloomy

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French tenebreus, from Latin tenebrōsus, from tenebrae, darkness.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman tenebrous (earlier tenebrus) from Latin tenebrōsus, itself from tenebrae ("darkness, shadows"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • How-ha grunted, and yielded up the obedience she could not withhold; though, as she went down the stairs to the door, in a tenebrous, glimmering way she wondered that the accident of white skin or swart made master or servant as the case might be.

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  • • This year's Mother's Day issue, which had features on a mother and her autistic son and on the quadruple amputee, which was in process at the time that Weymouth attacked it as typical of the magazine's tenebrous tendencies.

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  • It seems as if they have been our companions for a very long time now; yet every day we are summoned anew to high adventure on the tenebrous seas of the soul.

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  • And in the hush that had fallen suddenly upon the whole sorrowful land, the immense wilderness, the colossal body of the fecund and mysterious seemed to look at her, pensive, as though it had been looking at the image of its own tenebrous and passionate soul.

    -Heart of Darkness (Conrad)

    March 19, 2011

  • "dark and gloomy"

    August 13, 2007

  • darkness is tenebrous

    August 13, 2007