Definition of "crepuscular" [cre•pus•cu•lar]

  • Of or like twilight; dim: "the period's crepuscular charm and a waning of the intense francophilia that used to shape the art market” ( Wall Street Journal). (adjective)
  • Zoology Becoming active at twilight or before sunrise, as do bats and certain insects and birds. (adjective)

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Use "crepuscular" in a sentence
  • "As I made a mental note of Hitchens' casual use of the word "crepuscular," the Maryland professor grumbled in my direction."
  • "Garrett, does the word crepuscular do anything for you?"
  • "You might call it a dreamscape, but they say no, it's "crepuscular" - it's the slippery moment just after you wake up, between sleep and wakefulness."