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English definition of “the dark ages”

the dark ages

noun [plural] uk   us  
the Dark Ages the period in European history from the end of the Roman Empire in AD 476 to about AD 1000 disapproving a time in the past considered to be not advanced and when people were unwilling to accept the beliefs or opinions of others: This repressive law takes gay rights back to the dark ages.
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