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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 23rd June 2024
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tenebrous (adjective) TEN-i-brus



Dark, murky, shut off from light.

A tenebrous gloom which had prevented Plummer from seeing anything except the lights from other buildings nearby and his own reflection in the window of the flat.

Shaun Hutson, Captives. Amazon

Black as the tenebrous Arctic night was my soul.

M.P.Shiel, The Purple Cloud. Amazon

Over their heads the towering and tenebrous boughs of the cypress
Met in a dusky arch, and trailing mosses in mid-air
Waved like banners that hang on the walls of ancient cathedrals.


H.W. Longfellow, Evangeline. Amazon

With its tenebrous bar and ferociously unfriendly staff, it exuded the beguiling dowdiness of many crumbling London hotels; it was a jewel fallen on hard times, but a jewel all the same.

Joe Queenan, The Guardian, 21 August 2006. Guardian

The back gallery is entirely given over to David Benjamin Sherry’s tenebrous photographs, some Goth-spooky; others with luminous splintered patterns, like mandalas; still others dramatizing a twilight-zone eroticism.

Holland Cotter, The New York Times, 10 August 2007. New York Times




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