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subfusc

[suhb-fuhsk] /sʌbˈfʌsk/
adjective
1.
subfuscous; dusky.
2.
dark and dull; dingy; drab:
a subfusc mining town.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < Latin subfuscus subfuscous
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British Dictionary definitions for subfusc

subfusc

/ˈsʌbfʌsk/
adjective
1.
devoid of brightness or appeal; drab, dull, or dark
noun
2.
(at Oxford University) formal academic dress
Word Origin
C18: from Latin subfuscus dusky, from fuscus dark
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Word Origin and History for subfusc

1710, from Latin subfuscus, variant of suffuscus, from sub- (see sub-) + fusk (see obfuscate).

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