Is there any difference between 'dusk' and 'twilight'?


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asked Jun 01 '11 at 12:24 coraliecinq Contributor

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1. the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall.
2. the period in the morning or, more commonly, in the evening during which this light prevails.



1. the state or period of partial darkness between day and night; the dark part of twilight.


That is, twilight occurs in the morning and at night, but is usually used only to describe the one at night; the morning twilight is usually called "dawn." Dusk is part of twilight (say, the second half or so of the twilight period?) and occurs only at night.


In writing, "dusk" and "twilight" are usually used interchangeably. I think very few people will appreciate or even understand the subtle differences.


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link answered Jun 01 '11 at 19:26 Collane Ramsey Expert

Your answer is right on. I think that a subtle difference is that "twilight" is often used more romantically than "dusk." The park closes at dusk. They met for a rendevous at twilight. Patty TJun 01 '11 at 23:56

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The use of dusk or twilight is most often use in a poetic sense.  They are very descriptive words, easily 'painting' a picture of a sensual human experience, common to all.

link comment edited Jun 02 '11 at 20:23 Beverly C. Norelius New member

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