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Darkness is terrible thing (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

night

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Here is my best explanation:

'darkness' is the definition.
(night is a kind of darkness)

'terrible thing' is the wordplay.
'terrible' indicates anagramming the letters.
'thing' is an anagram of 'NIGHT'.

'is' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for night that I've seen before include "follow-up to 16 [TWILIGHT]", "evening", "Sunset to sunrise", "Time of darkness", "death", "Opposite of day", "Black bat", "See 8", "End of the day" and "Period of darkness".)

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