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black adjective
1. (dark) being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light
Antonyms: white
  • "black leather jackets"
  • "as black as coal"
  • "rich black soil"
2. of or belonging to a racial group especially of sub-Saharan African origin
Antonyms: white
  • "a great people--a black people--...injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization"- Martin Luther King Jr.
3. marked by anger or resentment or hostility
  • "black looks"
  • "black words"
4. offering little or no hope
Related: bleak, dim
  • "the future looked black"
  • "prospects were bleak"
  • "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge
  • "took a dim view of things"
5. stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
Related: dark, sinister
  • "black deeds"
  • "a black lie"
  • "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed"
  • "Darth Vader of the dark side"
  • "a dark purpose"
  • "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility"
  • "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"-Thomas Hardy
6. (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
Related: calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful
  • "the stock market crashed on Black Friday"
  • "a calamitous defeat"
  • "the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"
  • "such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin
  • "it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur
  • "a fateful error"
7. (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
Related: blackened
  • "a face black with fury"
8. extremely dark
Related: pitch-black, pitch-dark
  • "a black moonless night"
  • "through the pitch-black woods"
  • "it was pitch-dark in the cellar"
9. harshly ironic or sinister
Related: grim, mordant
  • "black humor"
  • "a grim joke"
  • "grim laughter"
  • "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
10. (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading
  • "black propaganda"
11. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
Related: disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful
  • "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson
  • "an ignominious retreat"
  • "inglorious defeat"
  • "an opprobrious monument to human greed"
  • "a shameful display of cowardice"
12. (of coffee) without cream or sugar
13. soiled with dirt or soot
Related: smutty
  • "with feet black from playing outdoors"
  • "his shirt was black within an hour"
black noun
1. (achromatic_color) the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
Related: blackness, inkiness
Antonyms: white
2. (man) (board games) the darker pieces
Antonyms: white
3. (clothing) black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
  • "the widow wore black"
Black noun
1. British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799)
Related: Joseph_Black
2. popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
Related: Shirley_Temple_Black, Shirley_Temple
3. (person) a person with African ancestry, "Negro" and "Negroid" are archaic and pejorative today
Related: African-American, Negro, Negroid
blacken verb
1. (discolor) make or become black
Related: melanize, melanise, black
Antonyms: whiten
  • "The smoke blackened the ceiling"
  • "The ceiling blackened"
bootleg adjective
1. distributed or sold illicitly
Related: black, black-market, contraband, smuggled
  • "the black economy pays no taxes"
total_darkness noun
1. (dark) total absence of light
Related: lightlessness, blackness, pitch_blackness, black
  • "they fumbled around in total darkness"
  • "in the black of night"
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