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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."

About 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.

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