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    Of course, the down side with dictionarys as opposed to people is that they tend to give the litteral translation and not the best word to be used

    Anyway, while in Dutch the word "donker" means dark, I am not sure that is the word you are looking for. The Dutch word "donker" is used mainly when there is a lack of light or when it is darker variation of a color. When you use "a dark night" to describe a somewhat threatening mood the word "duister" is probably much better. This especially true when you want the tranlation of darkness, because that would be "duisternis". When translating a word you should really give the context in which you want to use it.

 

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    madfox I stand corrected ( even though Im a bit mift being corrected by you :P)
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    Mandarin Chinese:

    ying zi

    or

    ying yin

    (without getting into irrelevent linguistics lessons, "yi" is more or less pronounced "ee" rather than "yai" or "yee")

    For 'dark' or 'mysterious':

    Xuen

    (pronounced "shwen", basically)

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    Black Speech: b˙rz = dark, burzum = darkness

    Try some slavic languages, like Polish or Russian too. They probably come out very interesting, although I can't think of the word of the top of my head anymore.

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    Blackfoot Native American -

    Shadow: nashe (pronounced naw-she)
    Dark: wunta (pronounced wan-ta)
    Eclipse: daku nashe (translates to "shadow of the moon")
    Obscure: ni sha wa (pronounced knee-sha-way)
    Night: hanne (pronounced hon-knee)

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    Other words for darkness on EN world is ofcourse Shadow of My former Self

    Anyway, as Madfox already stated there are other words for the Dutch donker. The words duister and duisternis are very good. But that's not all. How about a not very common (regional) word for duisternis: Deemster, it is derived from the Latin tenabrae or from the old Greek themeros; BTW deemstering means twilight.

    For shadow I have found this:
    Immersie, it's the start of the shadow of one celestial body on another .
    Lommer, it's the shadow of the foliage of a tree and shrubs.
    Lommering, old fashioned word.
    Nevelbeeld the image made on a mist by the shadow of the observer. (nevel means mist and, beeld means image)
    Schad, also a regional word, it also means the reflection in water or ice.
    Scheem, another regional word, it's also the shadow of a dead person, (kind of ghost I guess). Schemering is also another word for twilight.
    Schemer is also a word for the time between light and dark.

    And there are the words halfduister, halfdonker and halflicht (half means half, licht means light).
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    Japanese

    omokage - shadow face, mental image, projection, memory traces, lingering image, shadow of one's former self, etc.

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    Originally posted by archer8228
    Let's try it in latin:

    Shadow = umbra (also means ghost)
    Dark = acerbus, atrer, obscurum
    Eclipse = labores solis (doesn't translate very well)
    Obscure = ignotus(adjective)
    Night = nox
    <i>ignotus</i> means something like ignored or overlooked, used specifically to indicate forgiveness for some sort of transgression. Obscure would be a very unusual translation of it.
    Obscure in a visual sense is, not surprisingly, <i>obscurus</i>, c.f. French <i>obscure</i>, Italian <i>oscuro</i>.
    <i>ater</i>, not "atrer", the basic meaning is dull/flat black
    <i>acerbus</i> means sharp or bitter, has nothing to do with darkness. I assume this was listed as a synonym for "dark" in the metaphorical sense as in "a dark mood."
    Also:
    <i>tenebra/tenebrae</i> = shadow, darkness
    <i>occultus</i> = concealed, secret
    <i>opacus</i> = shaded, dark
    <i>caligo</i> = mist, gloom, darkness

    Ancient Greek has among others
    <i>skotos</i> = shadow
    <i>orphn&eta;</i> = darkness

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    Italian here

    Shadow - Ombra
    Dark - OscuritÓ (noun), Tenebra (noun), Scuro (adj), Buio (adj or noun)
    Eclipse - Eclissi
    Obscure - Scuro, tenebroso, oscuro. They all mean dark, but of these, only oscuro can mean "difficult to understand". Also, tenebroso feels somewhat dramatic.
    Night - Notte

    The 'Ó' letter isn't pronounced any different from a normal 'a', it just means that the stress is on the last syllable. All Italian vowels are always pronounced in almost the same way, regardless of which word they're in or which position they occupy, so pronounce shouldn't be a problem.

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    Irish for shadow is sgßth, I believe.
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