semi·​dark·​ness ˌse-mē-ˈdärk-nəs How to pronounce semidarkness (audio)
: partial darkness

Example Sentences

fumbling around in the semidarkness
Recent Examples on the Web Kate Shepel, 32, lies down in semidarkness, the jutting curve of her belly all but obscured. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Now, in the semidarkness and the throng of guests, all names seem somehow fluid, interchangeable, secondary. Olga Tokarczuk, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Hong establishes feelings of isolation from the very first shot, an image of an empty room in semidarkness that becomes a visual motif in the film. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 12 July 2018 In other areas, bored passengers waited in long lines or simply sprawled out on the slick airport floor, waiting in the semidarkness. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semidarkness was in 1849

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“Semidarkness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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semi·​dark·​ness ˌsem-i-ˈdärk-nəs How to pronounce semidarkness (audio)
: partial darkness

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