Tenebrous Ten"e*brous, a. [L. tenebrosus, fr. tenebrae darkness: cf. F. t['e]n['e]breux.] Dark; gloomy; dusky; tenebrious. -- {Ten"e*brous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The most dark, tenebrous night. --J. Hall (1565). [1913 Webster]

The towering and tenebrous boughts of the cypress. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

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  • tenebrous — [tə neb′rē əsten′ə brəs] adj. [ME tenebrus < OFr < L tenebrosus < tenebrae: see TEMERITY] dark; gloomy: also tenebrious [tə neb′rē əs] …   English World dictionary

  • tenebrous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French tenebreus, from Latin tenebrosus, from tenebrae Date: 15th century 1. shut off from the light ; dark, murky < tenebrous depths > 2. hard to understand ; obscure < a teneb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tenebrous — tenebrousness, n. /ten euh breuhs/, adj. dark; gloomy; obscure. Also, tenebrious /teuh neb ree euhs/. [1375 1425; late ME < L tenebrosus. See TENEBRAE, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • tenebrous — adjective Dark and gloomy. See Also: tenebrism …   Wiktionary

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