This word may also be spelled “obscuridad.”
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (absence of light)
a. dark
No le tengo miedo a la oscuridad.I am not afraid of the dark.
b. darkness
La habitación estaba en plena oscuridad.The room was in total darkness.
2. (lack of clarity)
a. obscurity
La oscuridad de su lenguaje dificultaba la comprensión del texto.The obscurity of its language made the text difficult to understand.
3. (anonymity)
a. obscurity
Vivió en la oscuridad hasta que publicó su primer libro.She lived in obscurity until she published her first book.
4. (lack of information)
a. dark
Cualquiera que sea la información que tengan, nos están manteniendo en la oscuridad.Whatever information they have, they are keeping us in the dark.
5. (wickedness)
a. darkness
La oscuridad de su alma se ve reflejada en sus crueles actos.The darkness of his soul is reflected in his cruel actions.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (falta de luz)
a. darkness
en la oscuridadin the dark
2. (falta de claridad, fama)
a. obscurity
1 (ausencia de luz)
tiene pánico a la oscuridad he's terrified of the dark; la oscuridad envolvía el pueblo the village was wrapped in darkness; pasaba horas sentado en la oscuridad he would sit for hours in the dark o in darkness
2 [de texto, explicación] obscurity
la oscuridad de su prosa the obscurity of his prose
3 (anonimato) obscurity
salir de la oscuridad to emerge from obscurity
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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