Pronunciation: (därk'nis), [key]
1. the state or quality of being dark: The room was in total darkness.
2. absence or deficiency of light: the darkness of night.
3. wickedness or evil: Satan, the prince of darkness.
4. obscurity; concealment: The darkness of the metaphor destroyed its effectiveness.
5. lack of knowledge or enlightenment: heathen darkness.
6. lack of sight; blindness.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.