Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 16th century
Misty, dim; obscure, dark.
Examples of Caliginous in a sentence
"The sky had grown caliginous by the time I left the library."
"Smoke from the burning potatoes had left the kitchen caliginous."
“Caliginous” is based on the Latin “cālīginōsus,” meaning “misty” or “obscure.”
Did you Know?
“Caliginous” is a literary word used to evoke misty, dark obscurity in a poetic manner. Its Latin root, “cālīginōsus,” is based specifically on the word “cālīgō,” which refers to “fog,” “mist,” and “vapor.” As a result, it describes the state of not being able to see clearly not because of darkness, but because the air is full of something like fog or smoke that impedes a clear view. When “caliginous” is used poetically to describe darkness, it describes a darkness that is so thick and enveloping it is almost physical.