the dark ages Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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the dark agesnoun [plural]

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the Dark Ages the ​period in ​Europeanhistory 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 ​repressivelawtakesgayrights back to the ​darkages.
(Definition of the dark ages from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the dark ages”
in Chinese (Simplified) 落后封闭的历史时期…
in Chinese (Traditional) 落後封閉的歷史時期…
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