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Dark Ages

noun
1.
the period in European history from about a.d. 476 to about 1000.
2.
the whole of the Middle Ages, from about a.d. 476 to the Renaissance.
3.
(often lowercase) a period or stage marked by repressiveness, a lack of enlightenment or advanced knowledge, etc.
Origin of Dark Ages
1720-1730
1720-30
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  • An examination of this period has led recent historians to abandon the term "Dark Ages."

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • In the Dark Ages dancing may have been regarded as bi-pedal trembling.

    The Violin George Hart
  • Mr. Bowles was crying, brandishing the antique broadsword that had come down to Wyckholme from the Dark Ages.

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
  • Civilization is of the spirit—and spiritually we are still in the Dark Ages.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • Rarely, indeed, since the Dark Ages had persecution flaunted itself so openly.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • That the Dark Ages should have admitted such marvels is not surprising.

British Dictionary definitions for Dark Ages

Dark Ages

plural noun (European history) the Dark Ages
1.
the period from about the late 5th century ad to about 1000 ad, once considered an unenlightened period
2.
(occasionally) the whole medieval period
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Word Origin and History for Dark Ages

dark ages

1739, any benighted time in history, period of ignorance; specific focus on the centuries from the fall of Rome to the revival of secular literature is from 1830s.

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Dark Ages in Culture

Dark Ages definition


A term sometimes applied to the early Middle Ages, the first few centuries after the Fall of Rome. The term suggests prevailing ignorance and barbarism, but there were forces for culture and enlightenment throughout the period.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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